Showing posts with label Mets Relievers. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mets Relievers. Show all posts

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Perez looking good so far in the pen

Oliver Perez’s first audition as a reliever went better than his previous attempts to remain in the starting rotation. Perez retired the only batter he faced in today's 13-3 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.

“He threw strikes. That’s what we wanted him to do,” manager Terry Collins said. “He came in with energy, and I like that. We will, I’m sure, on Tuesday night, try it again.”

He threw five strikes in seven pitches and induced a pop out. He mixed in all his pitches except a change-up.

Perez lowered his arm angle to be more effective against left-handed hitters, who Perez would see as a reliever.

“All my career I’ve been throwing to lefties sidearm,” Perez said. “This year I’m going to use it more.”

I hate to tell all my readers... I told you he be on the roster, not that I want him to be...

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Isringhausen is getting closer to landing a spot on roster

With each successful Grapefruit League appearance, Jason Isringhausen is getting closer to a spot in the Mets’ opening-day bullpen.

Isringhausen threw a scoreless inning Friday in the Mets’ 10-0 victory over the Marlins and lowered his spring ERA to 1.80. A comeback that seemed unlikely when he signed with the Mets after a tryout Feb. 15 is inching closer to reality.

Isringhausen’s first pitch was a fastball clocked at 93 miles per hour, which, he said, probably won’t get any faster. With 293 career saves, he doesn’t need to prove he knows how to pitch. He needs to prove he can stay healthy. And not just to the Mets.

Isringhausen, 38, who broke in with the Mets as a starter in 1995, last pitched in the majors in 2009 — only eight games with the Rays before undergoing Tommy John surgery. While healing, he wasn’t sure whether he was going to try to play again this season.

Isringhausen has reached out to several of those players as a mentor, a notion that would have seemed inconceivable to anyone who knew him back in the hard-charging mid-1990s, when he was part phenom, part court jester.

Any one of the escapades and misadventures early in his career would be the stuff of legend for many players. For Isringhausen, they were just mileposts along the winding path of his 14-year major league career.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Lennon: Pedro Beato is "pretty much a lock" to make the Mets

David Lennon of Newsday believes that Rule 5 draft pick Pedro Beato is "pretty much a lock" to make the Mets.

Beato was the No. 32 pick in the 2006 draft, but his stock dropped since then and he was converted to relief. He was plucked from the Orioles in the second round of the Rule 5 Draft. The 24-year-old right-hander posted a 2.11 ERA and 50/19 K/BB ratio over 59 2/3 innings with Double-A Bowie last season. He could mop up innings as the last man in the Mets bullpen this season.

Beato, who threw a live batting practice session Wednesday, was throwing hard enough and well enough to impress manager Terry Collins, the Bergen Record reports.

As a Rule 5 pick, the Mets have to keep Beato on the roster the entire season or put him through waivers and offer him back to the O's.

Beato will be given every chance to stick as a power arm out of the pen.
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