Note: this is a post written by MetsToday sabermetric guru Matt Himelfarb
In seven starts, here are Hisanori Takahashi’s numbers to date:
15.85% K rate
7.32% BB rate
Those numbers are unworthy of a spot in the rotation, even for a fifth starter. The long-ball has been Takahashi’s undoing, but that is what happens when you have a 38% GB rate. At the very least, I would prefer to see a back-end starter with mediocre peripherals eat some innings, but Takahashi is a five-six inning pitcher at this point.
I used to be wholeheartedly against dealing for the Kevin Millwoods and Fausto Carmonas of the world. Given Takahashi’s initial success, I thought it would be a linear move at the best.
It has now become imperative, however, that the Mets replace Takahashi.