Mack – Some ‘Minor’ Observations: The Starters


Good morning.

Las Vegas –

Chris Flexen 

            Tuesday:       2-IP, 8-H, 7-R, 2-ER, 1-K, 1-BB, LOSS (2-3), 66-P, 39-ST

This was Flexen’s worst outing since his opening day blowup. The only thing that saved him here was the fact that five of the seven runs he gave up in two innings were unearned, both due to Ty Kelly errors. Season ERA now 4.13.
Cory Oswalt         Called back to the Mets on Tuesday evening.

P.J. Conlon  

                        Monday:                  3.2-IP, 4-H, 3-ER, 1-K, 2-BB, 56-P, 29-ST, 7.36

Conlon was called up to meet the Mets in Cincy to fill in for Jacob deGrom and, frankly, he proved is his best chance at making it back here is as a short-term reliever. Case in point: first time around the Reds lineup: 1-9, HR, BB… second time around: 3-8, 3-doubles, 1-BB

Saturday:                 7-IP, 8-H, 3-ER, 7-K, 0-BB, LOSS (1-3), 6.10

                                    The starter for Albuquerque, Sam Howard, pitched 4.1 innings of scoreless ball. Let me ask a question here. If we always complain about pitching in this league, how come the pitchers on the opposing team can put up decent numbers?    
Binghamton -    
            Nabil Crismatt

                        Monday:                  6.1-IP, 5-H, 1-ER, 2-K, 1-BB, WIN (3-1), 2.12

Crismatt got back on the horse this past Monday, tossing 76 pitches, 48 of which were strikes. Yes, his K/9 was low, but who cares. He’s 3-1 with a 2.12-ERA, which currently stands as the ninth lowest ERA in the Eastern League.     

Saturday:                 5-IP, 5-H. 5-ER, 3-K, 4-BB, WIN (4-1), 3.00

                                    This was Crismatt’s worst outing for the young season and comes right off another bad one two starts ago. Bad signs to come? I don’t think so. I expect him to boumce back next week.
St. Lucie:

           Justin Dunn:                  Did not pitch this week                
Harol Gonzalez
            Thursday:                 6-IP, 5-H, 1-ER, 6-K, 1-BB, 3.48

Gonzalez’ second great outing in a row. He has now given up only two earned runs in the past 12 innings pitched. Love it.

Anthony Kay

            Saturday:                 4.1-IP, 7-H, 6-ER, 3-K, 2-BB, 4.70

This was Kay’s worst outing of the year and the second bad one in a row. Two game stat line: 10.2-IP, 12-H, 10-ER. Nothing good to say here.

            David Peterson

                        Monday:                  7-IP, 3-H, 0-R, 8-K, 1-BB, 76-P, 55-ST, 2.28

Peterson faced only one batter over the minimum in the superb outing we’ve been waiting to see him throw since the day we drafted him.

Current rankings…

            Outstanding outings…     Peterson, Crismatt, Gonzalez

            Work Needed…                  Crismatt


Reese Kaplan said...

And Corey Oswalt continues to rot on the bench in Terry, er, Mickey Callaway's bullpen.

Thomas Brennan said...

Very good point on PCL pitching numbers, Mack. Other teams in the wild, wild west of the PCL have far better ERAs.

If Flexen can square himself away, Vargas' spot could become his if Jason continues to take on mortar fire. if not, Oswalt or Conlon are happy to strut their stuff in Queens starts.

Peterson may be the cream of that entire crop.

Mack Ade said...

I agree about Peterson. I think he will settle into a fine rookie full season.

My 2nd guess is still Dunn.

Erica Lay said...

In fairness to Conlon - I thought a healthy Cespedes would've/should've caught at least one of those 4th inning doubles.

Thomas Brennan said...

Erica, that is why Cespedes should never have stolen those 2 bases. He is fragile, unfortunately, and now he is sitting out tonight with hip tightness or some such.

I would put him on the DL and tell him to chill for several days. It is a long season - without a robust Cespedes, it is unrealistic to think this team will thrive.

Anonymous said...

Thomas Brennan,

You and I think a little alike. This must scare you some, right? I don't blame you.

But let's take a moment and theoretically (which is like another universe and not this one of course) put a few ideas together and string (perhaps) and fix what needs to be tampered with some.

How bad would it be, to get Peter Alonso up here say after two months in AAA Vegas and him having success there? Would we be rushing him? I am not sure, time would tell I would guess. But it's an idea.

So according to me and some other fans the needs are quite explicit here. They are I think...

(1) More offensive consistency. May have to try a couple of new batters. (2) One or two new starters, from within or outside the organization. (3) A much desirable lefty set-up man, one who can at times spell Familia closing because Jeurys is not the Messiah, despite what many of us have thought the past few seasons. No one mortal should have to be expected to close every single Mets game. (4) A catcher with a little homerun fright in his bat for opponent pitchers.

And then my hideous suggestion for (5) the return of the great Bartolo Colon to his people, the NY Mets and their fandom. He keeps things real and he keeps things fun.

In my next post, I will give more detail of how I would go about each one of the above five things. (To be continued you lucky dogs!)

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