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.