Mets Pelfrey To Miss Next Start

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The Mets announced today that Mike Pelfrey left the team yesterday for his home in Kansas for the birth of his first child. Between this news and the season ending injury to Jon Niese, this really puts the Mets in a bind for starting pitching.

Pelfrey was scheduled to start against the Padres in San Diego on Saturday. With Nelson Figueroa pitching 4.1 innings yesterday, Tim Redding will probably get a start against the Padres.

Redding’s last start was July 2 against the Pirates when he gave up 5 runs in 2.1 innings, then lost his spot in the rotation.

Report: Mets To Sign Lugo, Release Redding

Tim ReddingThe Mets are reported to be continuing their “hold on” strategy for this season by working out Julio Lugo in the Dominican Republic. Lugo was designated for assignment this week by the Boston Red Sox. There’s no way that any team is going to claim him, and highly unlikely that he can be traded within 10 days before he has to be released. Lugo’s contract is huge, $9M this year and $9M next year that could vest into $9M for 2011 as well.

The Daily News is reporting that to make room on the roster for Lugo, the Mets will release Tim Redding. He’s been a complete bust of a free agent. The Mets will have to eat the rest of his $2.25M salary for this season. Redding is 1-3 with a 7.22 ERA and recently lost his spot in the rotation and hasn’t fared well in the bullpen. The Mets haven’t been happy since day one with Redding when he showed up in spring training reportedly 20 pounds overweight and injured.

Lugo is 33 years old and doesn’t add anything significant to the Mets. This is a move just to help them complete the rest of their games this season, not win the games. Don’t hold your breath for Roy Halladay, Matt Holliday, or any other difference makers at the trade deadline. This isn’t the Mets year and the front office knows it.

Oliver Perez Returns To Mets; Redding To Bullpen

OliverPerez1As expected the Mets are moving Tim Redding to the bullpen to make way for Oliver Perez‘ return from demotion “injury”. Perez made two start at Triple-A Buffalo going 0-2 with a 3.38 ERA. That’s not exactly lighting the world on fire in the minors. Perez also had 9 K’s and 9 BB’s in his two starts. The word is that Perez will start at home on Wednesday against the Dodgers.

Redding and his 6.99 ERA are headed to the bullpen, I assume to be the long man. Of Redding’s nine starts this year, I would only classify three of them as being “quality”. He’s a good emergency starter, but isn’t much more than that.

The only real question now is who Perez will replace on the roster. My assumption is that Elmer Dessens will be designated for assignment. Redding will assume his role as the righty-long reliever.

Mets 9 – Pirates 8 July 2, 2009

This was a rain-delayed wild one. For starters, Tim Redding was terrible giving up 5 runs in 2.1 innings. When that happens you start to think the game is a lost cause but they came right back scoring in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings to take an 8-5 lead.

The Mets got big offensive games from Fernando Tatis and Ryan Church getting 3 hits apiece. Daniel Murphy had a big pinch-hit single that scored two runs in the fourth inning that got the scoring started for the Mets.

Everything was looking good with the Mets leading 8-6 going into the bottom of the ninth. But Francisco Rodriguez didn’t have it at all. He gave up a pinch-hit single to Freddy Sanchez and then a homer to Adam LaRoche to tie the game.

Church had a game winning hit for the second straight day. He scored Tatis with the winning run in the tenth inning. Rodriguez pitched another inning in the tenth, which I was surprised to see. But Jerry Manuel didn’t have too many options in the bullpen. He used six relievers in the game because Redding got bombed so early.

The Mets win their second straight heading into Philly. But don’t plan on seeing K-Rod tomorrow. He threw 46 pitches in this one.


Game Preview: Mets at Pirates [Game 78] July 2, 2009

pirates logoNew York Mets (38-39 Road: 16-22) at Pittsburgh Pirates (36-42 Home: 22-16) 12:35 pm

Tim Redding (1-3 6.35) vs. Paul Maholm (5-4 4.35)

TV: SNY  Radio:  WFAN

What to watch: The Mets have a one-game stop in Pittsburgh for a make up game before they head to Philly. The Pirates have won two of their last three series’, so don’t take them too lightly. Maholm is really inconsistent and got ripped by the Mets for 7 runs in 5 innings on May 9 at Citi Field. The Mets have lost three of the last four games that Redding started. With Oliver Perez and John Maine coming off the disabled list this month likely, Redding needs to pick up his game to stay in the rotation.

Don’t forget to visit The Mets Report Live Game Chat during the game to chat with other Mets fans!

Yankees 5 – Mets 0 June 27, 2009

The Mets got shutout for the second time this week. As bad as that is, you can’t take anything away from A.J. Burnett. He was excellent tonight combining with two relievers on a 1-hit shutout.

Tim Redding was doing pretty well too until the sixth inning. He completely lost it giving up four straight hits on four pitches. The killer was a 3-run homer by Jorge Posada.

There’s no offense to speak of with this Mets team right now. Thank goodness that Alex Cora got a hit to keep the Yankees from no-hitting the Mets at Citi Field. We’d never hear the end of it from the Yankees fans.


Game Preview: Yankees at Mets [Game 73] June 27, 2009

Yankees LogoNew York Yankees (40-32 Road: 19-18) at New York Mets (37-34 Home: 22-14)   7:10 pm

A.J. Burnett (5-4 4.24) vs. Tim Redding (1-2 6.08)


What to watch: The Yankees have lost two of the last three games that Burnett started. Redding is pitching to keep his spot in the rotation with Oliver Perez and John Maine rehabbing from injuries.

Don’t forget to visit The Mets Report Live Game Chat during the game to chat with other Mets fans!