D.J. Carrasco Back

In case you missed it, D.J. Carrasco is back with the Mets after some injury issues and a short stint in AAA. I’m sure you are pleased upon hearing this news.

The great mystery, of course, is what angle — or angles — will we see Carrasco pitch from? Is it going to be overhand, sidearm, or submarine? All three? Will any of them be effective? Maybe he has figured out a way to propel the baseball from out of his belly button, which may be no more effective but may be neat to watch (though, I’m not sure whether the rule book allows it). Who knows, maybe he’ll do a Luis Tiant-like turnaround windup and twist so far that he throws the ball with his left hand; certainly, it’s worth a try.

What say you? Are you excited that Carrasco is back on the 25-man roster? Anyone want to place a bet on his arm angle? (Please, no bets accepted by anyone who saw him throw in Buffalo.) What role, exactly, will he fill? Mop up? Seventh inning setup? Spot starter? Post your bets and theories in the comments.


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  1. murph May 7, 2012 at 11:32 am
    Right now he’s the 7th reliever.
    The way Acosta & Batista have been pitching, he can work his way up to #5 reliever.
  2. Paul Festa May 7, 2012 at 12:14 pm
    I would vote for an approach that involves throwing the ball up in the air, then head-butting it toward home.
    • DaveSchneck May 7, 2012 at 4:16 pm
      Come on now, what good is a party without a DJ?
  3. Joe May 7, 2012 at 12:49 pm
    He’s Batista’s back-up — fifth inning guy, garbage time, emergency innings etc. You know, what they used in that Boston/Baltimore game before the DH won.

    How’s Hefner doing? I did a check & his stats look pretty good. Pitched three clean innings and then was sent back.

    • Joe May 7, 2012 at 1:42 pm
      Well, just looked on another thread, and someone else is curious why Hefner called up. I don’t really even hear him as on the short list of “soon to be” as compared to say Matt Harvey. Oh well.
  4. jerseymet May 7, 2012 at 4:15 pm
    D.J. is this years Iggy. Finishing up his two year contract. The mop up role may be too big for Batista to handle alone.
    • Joe May 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm
      If D.J. actually was this year’s Iggy, that would be something.