Up Along First

RSS

Posts tagged with "Jon Rauch"

Aug 9

What Can Be Salvaged From This Year’s Bullpen?

The bullpen has been a major discussion virtually every day in Mets-world over the past few months. As a unit, they are clearly the worst in baseball, and the numbers back that up as well. We know that Sandy Alderson needs to acquire a reliever or two net off-season. However, the bigger question this winter will be: Who stays?

Despite the Mets having one of the worst bullpens in baseball, there are definitely some parts that can be salvaged from the rubble. Here are a few guys the Mets should consider bringing back next season.

Frank Francisco

Say what you will about the early-season inconsistencies from Francisco, but he has settled down and pitched well of late. Although he missed the end of June and early July, he came back on Saturday and looked fine. Before last night’s game, Francisco had posted a 2.00 ERA since June 1.

He’s not one of the best closers in baseball, but he’s decent. I would be perfectly fine with him sticking around next season as the closer. He’s not as expensive as some of the other high-profile closers and he’s also pretty good. If he can stay healthy, I want him in the bullpen for the 2013 season.

Bobby Parnell

Parnell has finally settled into his role in the bullpen and looks like he could be a decent setup man. In the past, he just threw gas to get him by, but now he has looked like more of a pitcher this season, as opposed to a “thrower.” Combine that with the fact that he will be very cheap and you have someone to keep around.

Parnell is finally finding a place for himself. I wouldn’t trust him as a closer based on his past experiences, but he is a solid setup man for sure.

Ramon Ramirez

Ramon Ramirez has definitely not had his best season, but Sandy Alderson should bring him back net year if he is cheap. If he asks for a one-year deal for two to three million, I’d be perfectly fine with that.

Ramirez has a great track record as a relief pitcher, going all the way back to his age 24 season in 2006. No, he hasn’t been particularly great this year, but he has shown improvement and his track record is too big to ignore. Again, this is only if he won’t cost the Mets much.

Josh Edgin

Edgin, just 25, has been very impressive this season. Edgin, unlike past lefty relievers, throws very hard, with his fastball clocked at 95 MPH and a really good slider. Not only does he has the stuff to succeed, but so far, he has succeeded.

I really think Edgin can be more than just a one-out left-hander. He isn’t a Tim Byrdak or Pedro Feliciano. He can be a reliable setup man who can go one, or even two innings when needed.

I’m very excited to Edgin’s future. He will be under team control for quite a few years. There really isn’t any reason why he shouldn’t be on next year’s roster.

The Rest

I wrestled with the idea of including Jon Rauch on this list. He has a 2.45 ERA since June 1, after having a terrible April and May. However, he will likely get an offer to be a full-time close and he will probably take it. The Mets will probably still be on a tight budget this winter, and if Rauch is being offered closer’s money, Sandy Alderson won’t be able to match. I would like Rauch on the roster, but it’s unlikely that he would re-sign, especially if he keeps pitching so well.

Now, we are getting into the junk. We’ve gone through all the consistent (maybe “consistent” is a little generous) pitchers on the roster. The guys the are left are the Manny Acostas and Elvin Ramirezes of the world. Definitely guys not worth even thinking about re-signing this off-season.

Looking back at this list, I realized that most of the bullpen will probably be back next season, which I’m actually fine with. Sandy Alderson does need to find a legitimate setup man to go along with Parnell and Edgin, but the bullpen has a solid core going for it. It’s really been the guys on the fringes of the roster (i.e. Miguel Batista) who have hurt this team the most. Manny Acosta, for example, despite not being with the team for almost two whole months, is still second in all of baseball in runs allowed as a relief pitcher. That’s astonishing. Him, Batista, Elvin Ramirez, and others have also been awful with the Mets so far.

Hopefully, next year, the bullpen won’t be such a hot topic. Maybe we will be talking about the bullpen as a strength as opposed to a weakness.

Morning Mets Links: 7.19.12

(NOTE: I’m trying out a new format for the morning links. Let me know what you think.)

Here are this morning’s Morning Mets Links:

  • Frank Francisco will probably not return until August with a left oblique injury. Francisco recently suffered a setback and will not begin his rehab assignment until next Friday. That leaves an already consistently awful bullpen shorthanded even longer. (MLB.com)
  • Terry Collins called a rare team meeting yesterday down in Washington, in part to discuss an “issue” between Pedro Beato and Josh Thole regarding Tuesday’s extra-inning loss to the Nats. (Star-Ledger)
  • We were all wondering why Jon Rauch didn’t pitch in Tuesday night’s game. Apparently, RAuch had his knees drained and wasn’t available. (MetsBlog)
  • Sandy Alderson may still be torn about how to go about the trade market this season. We are just under two weeks away from the deadline and Alderson hasn’t made any moves, and isn’t close to making any deals. He is trying to keep a balance between winning now and winning in the future. (Star-Ledger)
  • Adam Rubin writes an interesting piece on Mets prospect Collin McHugh. McHugh has had some stellar seasons down in the minors, but has largely been overlooked by fans because he doesn’t have great “stuff” like Zack Wheeler and others. (ESPN New York)
  • Adam Rubin also sat down with Paul DePodesta, the head of player development for the Mets in a two part series about the Mets system, the draft, etc. In the first part of the interview, DePo touched on a recent hot topic around baseball. He talked about innings limits, and how he likes to look at the difficulty, not just the quantity of innings that young pitchers throw. He also talked about Jenrry Mejia's various roles and where he may end up long-term. (Part 1, Part 2)
  • Over at Amazin’ Avenue, Chris McShane  made his case to give Manny Acosta a second chance in the big leagues. He mentioned the extraordinarily high BABIP that opposing hitters had against him. Luck may have been a part of his rough season. (Amazin’ Avenue)
  • 'Spinsanity is catching on… well sort of. Joe D at MetsMerized Online writes about how Jordany Valdespin's electrifying stretch of games has him excited for his future. (MetsMerized Online)

Morning News: Mets Edged By Yanks, Bay Is Getting Better, Byrdak’s Chicken

Every morning, we give you the top three stories from Mets-land. Here are this morning’s headlines.

Mets Drop Middle Game To Yankees

The Mets lost to the Yankees last night 4-3.

Chris Young started and pitched very well through six, but gave up a three-run home run to Raul Ibanez in the seventh to tie the game up at three. Jon Rauch came in and allowed another home run later in the inning, giving the Yankees a 4-3 advantage that they would hold.

The Mets send R.A. Dickey to the hill in what could be a pitching duel for the ages as he faces off against C.C. Sabathia in an ESPN game.

Jason Bay Feeling Better

Jason Bay is feeling much better after suffering a concussion last week. Jason has been showing up at the ballpark over the past few days, and is reportedly “symptom free.”

No timetable has been set for his return.

Byrdak Buys A Chicken?

Apparently after Frank Francisco made his chicken comments about the Yankees earlier this week, Tim Byrdak bought a live chicken. Byrdak sent someone to Chinatown, who got one for $8. It’s name is “Little Jerry Seinfeld.”

Little Jerry had a fun day at Citi Field, running around the clubhouse and being fed berries, bread and oatmeal by the team chef.

Byrdak is now trying to find a permanent home for the chicken.