Posts Tagged ‘Nick Evans’

Can Anybody Play the Game Here?

June 27, 2009

It took the Mets just one inning to separate themselves from their cross-town rivals at Citi Field last night. By committing three errors that led to two unearned runs in the top half of the second inning, the Mets had fallen behind the New York Yankees, 4-0. Shortstop Alex Cora, third baseman David Wright, and first baseman Nick Evans each produced their own version of a bonehead play causing Mets starting pitcher Mike Pelfrey to smack his glove, scream obscenities towards centerfield, and undertake an early trip to the showers. For the fourth time in his last five starts, the tall right-hander failed to make it into the sixth inning.

Two weeks ago to the day, Mets fans were privy to one of the most excruciating losses in Subway Series history. This time around, a 9-1 thumping in the hands of the Bronx Bombers was just as painful. Aside from an Alex Rodriguez home run, it was the other guys in the Yankees lineup that did most of the damage. Centerfielder Brett Gardner, a double shy of the cycle, finished with five hits, two RBIs, and three runs scored. With Derek Jeter as a late scratch, Ramiro Pena was given the start at short. Pena went 3 for 5 with two doubles, an RBI, and two runs scored. Other than counting how many 1-2-3-innings the Mets had last night, the only excitement worth noting was a laser-beam shot off the bat of Gary Sheffield over the left field wall that produced the Mets only run.

If the Mets want to give this series any merit, they’ll have to sweep the remaining two games. With Tim Redding matched up against another big name Yankee pitcher in A.J. Burnett, the likelihood of that happening seems very remote.

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

Evans’ Future with Mets Is on Solid Ground

March 17, 2009

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It’s too bad the National League doesn’t allow for a batter to hit for the pitcher like in the American League. If that was the case, the Mets Nick Evans would most definitely fit in nicely at that position. In fifty games last season, Evans’ first season in the big leagues, the 23-year-old California native was called on to perform within many different roles. Whether it was a platoon in right field with the left-handed hitting Daniel Murphy, or backing up first baseman Carlos Delgado on his day off, or even coming off the bench as a right-handed pinch hitter, Evans never thought otherwise.

“I’m comfortable playing in the infield. I’ll play wherever they want me to play,” Evans told WFAN’s Steve Somers this past weekend. “Honestly, I’ve never played centerfield or right field,” he added. “That would be something I’d have to work on first.”

The fact that Evans is so versatile makes for an easier choice in April when the Mets organization makes its final decision about who will be included on their opening day roster. But for now, Evans has made sure to take advantage of the opportunities he has been given this spring. Since the start of the World Baseball Classic, each major league teams’ roster has become decimated. And because of this, players like Evans have been given more playing time.

When asked if the WBC was having a positive effect on his spring so far, he responded with a very enthusiastic, “Absolutely. Having [Carlos] Delgado go to the WBC, it’s been great for me getting playing time.”

Evans has been impressive thus far. In just a few weeks down in Florida, the utility player has already played in fourteen games in which he has amassed forty at-bats. He is second on the team with a .325 batting average. And his 24 total bases and 10 RBI lead the team in those offensive categories. In such a short time, Evans also has a grand slam to his credit which tied a game on March 9th against the Baltimore Orioles in the eighth inning. The Mets eventually went on to win, 9-8.

“It’s just one of those things,” Evans said, “where I’ve been fortunate to get some playing time here in the spring and make the most of it.”

Those who follow the team have already penciled in the young prospect as a member of the 24-man roster in April. However, Evans still seems unsure of what exactly his role will be as manager Jerry Manuel has had no mention of it.

“He hasn’t really told me much. Come out here and play everyday,” Evans replied. “Worry about hitting now and playing as much as I can.”