Mets Oliver Perez Bullpen Session Today

New York Mets pitcher Oliver Perez reacts after giving up a double to Florida Marlins batter Cody Ross during the third inning of their MLB National League baseball game in Miami, Florida May 14, 2010. REUTERS/Rhona Wise (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsOliver Perez arrived in Arizona yesterday but hasn’t been activated from the disabled list yet. The plan is for him to work a bullpen session this afternoon and be evaluated by the team. Perez has the right to demand that his rehab period end but hasn’t done that yet. If the Mets don’t like what they see, they may ask him if he’ll extend his rehab.

Perez has been on the DL since June 1 with knee tendinitis. The injury and DL trip was so suspicious that MLB investigated but ultimately decided it was legitimate.

We’ve heard comments from Jerry Manuel that Perez will return to the bullpen when he comes off the DL. Hisanori Takahashi will make his next start in Los Angeles on Thursday despite his ineffectiveness.

Mets’ Hisanori Takahashi Struggles, Keeps Rotation Spot

New York Mets starting pitcher Hisanori Takahashi takes a breather behind the mound before facing New York Yankees batter Jorge Posada with the bases loaded in the sixth inning of their MLB inter-league baseball game at Yankee Stadium in New York, June 18, 2010. He got Posada out to end the inning. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsIf about a month ago you asked a Mets fan who was the most pleasant surprise this season, you’d have a lot of responses. R.A. Dickey. Ike Davis. Angel Pagan.

All very deserving names. Another name that would’ve been on that list is 35-year-old Japanese import Hisanori Takahashi.

He wasn’t untouchable coming out of the bullpen, but he was more than serviceable, posting a 3.12 ERA as a reliever. When John Maine and Oliver Perez had to be pulled from the rotation due to a combination of injuries and ineffectiveness, Takahashi was chosen to take one of the open spots in the rotation.

His first two starts were outstanding, against two of the best offensive teams in baseball. Against the Yankees in his first start, he shutout the Yankees for six innings. In his next start against NL East rival Philadelphia, he did the same. Continue reading “Mets’ Hisanori Takahashi Struggles, Keeps Rotation Spot”

Giants 8 – Mets 4 July 17, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Hisanori Takahashi delivers a pitch against the Baltimore Orioles in the first inning of their MLB interleague baseball game in Baltimore, Maryland June 12, 2010. REUTERS/Joe Giza (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsThe Mets were out of this game in the second inning. You could have just turned off the TV at that point. Hisanori Takahashi was awful again giving up 6 runs in 2.2 innings. His ERA is up to 4.69 now and he just can’t stay in the rotation anymore. The Mets need to find another solution whether it’s Pat Misch or someone else.

The Mets offense had 7 hits and 2 walks. They didn’t score a run until the seventh and it was starting to look like they might get shut out for a third straight game. Ike Davis turned it on going 2 for 4 with 2 home runs including his first one into McCovey Bay. Carlos Beltran was also 2 for 4 with a single and a triple. It was nice to see him leg out a triple on his bad knee but he still looks slow in the outfield.

The Mets will try to avoid a four game sweep tomorrow afternoon behind Johan Santana.

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Preview: Mets at Giants July 17, 2010

New York Mets (48-42) at San Francisco Giants (49-41) 9:05 pm

Hisanori Takahashi (7-3 4.15) vs Matt Cain (6-8 3.34)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets have a tough road to even this four game series after dropping the first two. Doing it against Cain might be a good chance. For his career, he’s 3-3 with a 4.26 ERA against the Mets. He’s on a bad stretch right now giving up 21 runs in his last four starts. Takahashi hasn’t started a game since July 4 and I don’t have a lot of confidence in his ability to get past the fifth inning.

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Braves 4 – Mets 0 July 10, 2010

New York Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey throws a pitch to the San Diego Padres in the second inning of their MLB National League baseball game in New York, June 8, 2010. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsThe bad news for the Mets is that Mike Pelfrey didn’t have it again this afternoon. He made it into the fifth inning, when the Braves scored all 4 runs, but he didn’t get an out in that inning. He had runners on frequently giving up 12 hits and 3 walks.

Hisanori Takahashi put in a nice effort in relief throwing 3 scoreless innings. I really think that long relief is going to be the highest and best use of his skills.

The Mets only put together 4 hits and 3 walks in the game. And Angel Pagan had 3 of those hits and 2 stolen bases. He just makes plays game after game. There’s no way they can sit him down when Carlos Beltran comes back.

The Mets lost the second straight home series today. They’ll try to avoid the sweep behind Johan Santana tomorrow afternoon.

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Mets 9 – Nationals 5 July 4, 2010

New York Mets' David Wright (L) greets teammate Ike Davis at the plate after Davis's two-run home run against the Washington Nationals in the third inning of their National League MLB baseball game in Washington, July 4, 2010. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT BASEBALL)

http://view.picapp.com//JavaScripts/OTIjs.jsThe Mets got a good start from Hisanori Takahashi through 5 innings. Unfortunately, he started the sixth inning and gave up 3 runs without getting an out. The bullpen was shaky, especially Bobby Parnell who gave up two hits in the ninth without getting an out. But Francisco Rodriguez made a nice recovery from yesterday’s meltdown to get the save without allowing a baserunner.

The Mets offense was all over Craig Stammen scoring 8 runs in the first four innings, 7 of them off Stammen. For the game they had 14 hits and 5 walks. Way too many baserunners for the Nationals to have a chance in this game. Angel Pagan had another big game going 3 for 5 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI’s. Ike Davis also hit his 10th homer off Stammen in the third.

The Mets leave Washington at 2-2 for the series and come home to face the Reds tomorrow.

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Preview: Mets at Nationals July 4, 2010

New York Mets (45-36) at Washington Nationals (36-46) 1:35 pm

Hisanori Takahashi (6-3 4.24) vs Craig Stammen (2-2 5.13)

TV: SNY   Radio: WFAN

What to watch: The Mets need this one to even the series at 2-2 before they come home to face the Reds this week. Takahashi was pathetic in his last start against the Marlins giving up 6 runs over 5.2 innings. I have no confidence in him as a starter. The Nats have lost three of the last four games that Stammen started. But his last two starts against the Braves and Reds were excellent. During those starts, he only gave up 3 runs over 14 innings.

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