Posts Tagged ‘Fernando Nieve’

Mets Fans Wait for the Latest Spin on Recent Injuries

July 20, 2009

In the game of baseball, news can travel fast and change overnight on a regular basis. Most recently, Adam Rubin of the New York Daily News posted on his Mets blog that starter-turned-long reliever Tim Redding was on the verge of being released. The Mets coaching staff had seen enough of the grizzly right hander and had given him a crude ultimatum: pitch effectively or else. However, like every Mets storyline this season there is always a twist. According to Mets vice president of player development, Tony Bernazard, parting ways with the veteran pitcher had never been discussed and was simply, not on the Mets to-do list. Nonetheless, after another ineffective performance last night against the Atlanta Braves, Redding may have one foot out the door.

Aside from the disappointing losses this season, the Mets organization has been reluctant at times in releasing pertinent information regarding their player personnel. When David Lennon of reported a couple of days earlier that Mets centerfielder, Carlos Beltran, was to undergo an MRI for his balky knee, Mets manager Jerry Manuel denied any information to that effect. Consequentially, Beltran went on to have the scheduled procedure and we all know what happened next.

In another instance, 20-year-old Fernando Martinez was kept out of the starting lineup complaining of soreness in the back of his right knee. Martinez however relayed to Jerry Manuel that he was able to pinch hit in an emergency situation. Prior to Martinez’ placement on the 15-day disabled list with inflammation in that very same knee, Manuel admitted he regretted using the young outfielder after watching how he struggled to run to first base. Little did Manuel know that five days after being placed on the DL, Martinez would undergo surgery to repair a torn meniscus on his right knee. The Mets prospect is not expected back until mid-September.

With all the uncertainty surrounding player’s injuries this season, Mets fans have to wonder what kind of spin they’ll get concerning 40-year-old Gary Sheffield’s cramp or right hander Fernando Nieve’s quad.

The Mets Deserve a Laugh

June 25, 2009

With the Mets up by two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning last night, first baseman Nick Evans came up with a runner on and crushed the first pitch he saw over the left field wall at Citi Field. Evans’s two run home run would be seen as a prelude to a commanding Mets victory as they would go on to win, 11-0, over the St. Louis Cardinals. Along with eleven runs scored, the Mets offense raked in sixteen hits that earned their starting pitcher, right-hander Fernando Nieve, his third victory in just three starts this season. Nieve’s performance of six shutout innings last night could be considered just as important for the Mets as the ease at which their makeshift offense was able to knock in so many runs.

With another impressive outing from what is becoming the Mets feel-good story of the year, Nieve struck out five and lowered his season earned run average to 1.31. Relievers Brian Stokes, Bobby Parnell, and the recently called-up left hander, Pat Misch, each followed Nieve’s lead by completing their inning of work unscathed. The Mets will look to take the series from the Cardinals this afternoon in the finale as Johan Santana is pitted up against Chris Carpenter. Carpenter like Santana is considered the ace of their staff.

For further reading, check out a previous post entitled Evans’ Future with Mets on Solid Ground

You Can Never Have Enough Pitching

June 23, 2009

Mets starting pitcher Tim Redding has been known to spend quite a bit of his off-season hunting for deer. The veteran right-hander knows all too well that to be a good hunter you must take advantage of your opportunities and know exactly when to strike. When you finally decide to pull that trigger, you better make sure you hit your target. Throughout the first two innings of last night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field, Redding managed to hit his target with precision. The first sixteen pitches that he threw went for strikes. He not only kept the National League’s most feared hitter, Cardinals first baseman Albert Pujols, somewhat in check but earned his first victory as a New York Met. Redding pitched seven plus innings while striking out four and walking only one. Aside from surrendering two home runs, the Mets right-hander was very much in command and utilized some of those hunting skills to attack the strike zone minimizing St. Louis’ offense. On the evening, Cardinals hitters totaled just four hits against him.

With the pending return of Mets starting pitchers, Oliver Perez and John Maine, from the disabled list, the competition for the fourth and fifth spots in the Mets starting rotation is becoming crowded again. If you don’t remember, the Mets had some decisions to make before the start of this season as to who would be the fifth and final starter in their rotation. Now, right hander Fernando Nieve has also been thrown into the mix. Along with a guarantee from his manager, Jerry Manuel, Nieve has a leg up on Redding because of a 2-0 record and an impressive 1.84 ERA.