Pat Misch was removed from his start for AAA Buffalo Tuesday night after throwing just five innings and 55 pitches, indicating that he will start in place of Hisanori Takahashi on Saturday.
Misch will be promoted despite the fact the Bisons boast a far more intriguing and better option in Dillon Gee.
Gee has a 4.74 era., but his FIP is much better (3.94). Misch has undoubtedly pitched good as well, posting a 3.34 era. and 3.53 FIP on the year. For one, though, with the Mets all but mathematically eliminated and looking with an eye toward the future, Gee is just 24 years-old, while Misch turns 29 in a week. Big difference. While both have done an excellent job limiting base on balls (Gee has a 5.4% walk rate, Misch 4%), Gee has a much, much better strikeout rate (23.2%), than Misch (15.9%). Misch’s ERA and FIP is better, because he has allowed less home runs per nine innings (0.65) than Gee (1.07). Misch, however, has a history of giving up home runs- he has a 1.3 career HR/9 rate in 156 big league innings, and 0.9 in 783.2 minor league innings- while Gee’s career HR/9 rate in the minors entering this season was just 0.4.
Did I mention the Mets are out of contention, and that Gee is a developing 24-year old pitcher, and Misch a late 20s AAA lifer?
These are the types of double-facepalm worthy decisions that irk me to no end about this organization. It’s such an unvarnished call for the Mets to make. Yeah, maybe there is not a tremendous disaprity between Misch and Gee, but what difference does exist is so clear, simple, and painfully obvious. Because the Mets insist on relying on an anarchic business model, absolutely failing to grasp simple concepts such as the importance of peripherals vs. the pitfalls of ERA. They are incapable of managing this team at the margins, which has been Omar Minaya’s downfall throughout his entire tenure as general manager.
Equipped with little to no knowledge of sabermetrics, Omar cannot tell you that Mike Jacobs or Daniel Murphy is any better or worse than your average first baseman, or that Jeff Francoeur is not a major league caliber player, or that Angel Pagan is infinitely better than Gary Matthews Jr. Thus, notions and labels such as “veteran presence”, “clean-up hitter”, “heart and soul”, “pieces of the puzzle”, which are, at best, small considerations, become primary tools of distinction.
Sure, the decision in itself is not this team’s undoing, but in a sense it is. This kind of decision captures everything that is wrong with this organization.