Mets DFA Boyer, Call Up Izzy
After allowing four runs in the eleventh inning to lose on Sunday afternoon, Blaine Boyer was designated for assignment. In his place, the Mets have promoted Jason Isringhausen from extended spring training.
Additionally, Lucas Duda was optioned to Buffalo and Ryota Igarashi was brought up from Buffalo to help the already worn-out bullpen.
Through nine games, Mets starters have provided 3 quality starts, which is dead last in the NL. As a result, the bullpen has been taxed, so fresh arms were summoned to help handle the load.
One of the main culprits causing bullpen burnout so early in the season has been Mike Pelfrey, who starts this evening against the Rockies. Pelfrey has tossed only 6 1/2 innings through two starts — hardly what one would expect from a “#1” starter. Based on what I’ve seen of his mechanics, I’m not betting on Pelfrey going past the fifth tonight, so the new arms will be a welcome and necessary addition to the club.
Shame that Duda had to go down, but he wasn’t hitting; he had 2 hits in 17 at-bats (.118). I guess this means more playing time for Scott Hairston, which isn’t exactly an upgrade at this point.
Though the Mets are certainly in need of arms for the ‘pen, I wonder if Izzy’s promotion had anything to do with other teams showing interest. Though the Phillies are in first place and not showing any signs of needing relief help just yet, they have announced that closer Brad Lidge will be out until at least the All-Star Break — so one would think they’re in the market for veteran relief help.
Izzy is expected to stay up for a while, depending on his performance. Igarashi will likely be sent down once Jason Bay is ready to return, since Igrashi has options remaining.
Hopefully, Pelfrey will go back to using his fastball to get strike one on hitters.
Duda looked lost at the plate and in the field. He needs to get it together at AAA.
I think Joe is best suited to bring this to the fore.
I think Sandy Alderson has a very low tolerance level for guys not getting the job done & for coaches/managers that do not have a working brain cell in their head on numerous occasions.
He commented on having been through “two piching coaches” – meanwhile, Peterson and Warthen are the only 2 he’s had at the Major League-level…..so I think Pelfrey sometimes talks for the sake of whatever feels comfortable coming out of his mouth at that point in time.
“If it was up to me, I would bring him back,” Pelfrey told the Daily News. “He’s a very good communicator. I would love to see him back. I’ve already been through two (including former pitching coach Rick Peterson) and it would be nice to have the same guy back that you have a relationship with that you could continue to build on.”
I can’t see Warthen as anything else but useless to these pitchers….not that they’re the most talented arms in the world, but the rate at which he’s milking “results” out of them – pretty atrocious.
Dickey started his resurgence at Buffalo last season under Ricky Bones’ watch.
Niese developed at his own rate, and if anything – was hurt by Warthen choosing not to shut him down last season.
Pelfrey’s looked awful so far….and I’m not so sure that he hasn’t sought help from outside the organization at every turn….
Guys like Maine and Perez were the poster-children for the “Lost Boys” under Warthen the past few years….”habitual liar” and quite possibly the worst contract extension in Met history.
Not exactly a ringing endorsement – and every failure takes an even bigger toll on the bullpen. I don’t think anyone could have realistically expected the starting pitching to repeat last year’s anomaly…..and that’s all that saved Warthen’s job to begin with.
Another interesting point w/ Pelfrey he has been working on his secondary pitches a lot the last couple springs. Yet, Warthen has kinda made him a 2 pitch pitcher here now. There is no consistency in the way Warthen works.
Two players (Boyer, Duda) screwed up on Sunday afternoon, and were gone by Sunday night.
Will that shock / scare / motivate other players into performing better?
That is an open question.