Posts Tagged ‘Tim Redding’

Options For the Mets Are That They Have No Options

August 18, 2009

For the Mets, placing third baseman David Wright on the 15-day disabled list with a concussion could be viewed as a no-brainer. Deciding on whether or not to grant right-hander Livan Hernandez another start is something altogether different. After witnessing another disappointing outing last night against the San Francisco Giants, the Mets may want to think about it, again. On the bright side, Hernandez did manage to pitch into the fifth inning. But ultimately he surrendered eleven hits that led to six runs and ended up picking up his third straight loss.

In Livan’s last outing on August 11th against Arizona he allowed five runs on seven hits in just four innings. With that performance, Mets manager Jerry Manuel felt perhaps that Hernandez’ tenure with the Mets may have run its course. Manuel slept on it and arose from his slumber opting to give the veteran right-hander another chance. That next chance was last night. Funny thing is that this time around Manuel didn’t need extra time to think things through. Without any hesitation, he confirmed that Hernandez would take his turn in the rotation for the time being. And who could blame him? With Tim Redding giving up three runs in one inning of relief last night and Nelson Figueroa following suit, there aren’t that many options for this beleaguered skipper to consider.

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.

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.

Wright’s Big Night Gives Mets Much Needed Leverage

June 6, 2009

Heading into this weekend’s series, it was difficult to tell which team, the Mets or the Nationals, was looking forward to playing each other last night. In the case of the Mets, they had just lost three straight games to another of the National League’s enablers, the Pittsburgh Pirates. Prior to the start of the game, the Mets also got word that their catalyst, Jose Reyes, would most likely be unavailable for at least a month with a minor tear in his right hamstring. However, numbers don’t lie. Since May 4th, Washington has just eight wins to show for its last thirty completed games. I say completed because during that stretch the Nationals experienced a home game against the Houston Astros that was suspended due to rain in the eleventh inning with the score tied at ten. That game is scheduled to be completed at a later date.

Investigating further into the bulk of those games, the Nationals were swept by three different ball clubs, the Mets being one of them, on four separate occasions. Not to mention losing both games of a double-header twice to the Philadelphia Phillies and most recently, the San Francisco Giants. With all those circumstances against them, you could still make a good case for the majors’ worst team with an overall record of 14-39 in utilizing a weekend series against the injury-riddled Mets to help get them back on the right track.

Not only did the Mets lose an All-Star in Reyes but they will have to continue to move forward without their right-handed reliever, J.J. Putz. The former Mets set-up man was placed on the 15-day disabled list Friday and will undergo surgery to remove a bone spur and fragments of bone from the back of his right elbow on Tuesday. Mets GM Omar Minaya said that Putz’ return could take anywhere from 10-12 weeks. Fortunately for the Nationals, this was music to their ears. Perhaps the Mets were on their way down. Maybe, just maybe but not just yet. Third baseman David Wright had something to say about it. He drove in the two go-ahead runs in the top of the tenth inning that broke the 1-1 tie. Wright’s second double of the night not only completed a 4 for 5-night but led to a Mets win.

The starting pitcher for the Mets, right-hander Tim Redding, commanded six solid innings but did not record the victory. He did however strike out two and give up just one earned run. Most importantly, in the home-half of the fifth inning, he was able to induce a bases-loaded double play that ended the inning, limiting the damage, and keeping the score knotted at one.

“It just feels good, period — it could have been against anybody,” Redding said.

Not just anybody, these are the Washington Nationals.

When It Comes to Free Agents, Mets Get What They Pay For

March 14, 2009

“It’s still early,” Mets manager Jerry Manuel said after witnessing another unimpressive effort from 31-year-old right hander Tim Redding.

When the Mets signed Redding to a one year deal worth $2.25 million, he was being considered by the organization as a Plan B. Plan A was to bring aboard a right-handed starter with some post-season experience. Preferably a veteran, like Derek Lowe, who would not only give the Mets quality starts but who would also make sure his pitches stayed down in the strike zone thereby forcing batters to hit the ball on the ground. Lowe, who turns 36 in June, eventually signed with the Atlanta Braves for a four year contract worth $60 million.

Unlike Redding’s sub-par performances thus far, Lowe has been nothing but lights out. In his last appearance this past Tuesday, the Braves right hander threw four perfect innings while striking out six. For his efforts, he earned his second victory in just two chances. In seven innings combined this spring, he has given up only one run and has fanned a total of nine batters.

Redding, on the other hand, has his coaches scratching their heads and searching under their desks for some recourse. In his second appearance of the spring in relief of Johan Santana against the Florida Marlins on Thursday, the veteran right hander gave up nine earned runs three of those runs were for home runs. He currently has a 40.50 ERA so far this spring.

“At least I don’t have to face the Wolverines again,” Redding said.

Redding was alluding to a split squad game he participated in against the University of Michigan in which he gave up five hits and five runs in just 30 pitches of work. Despite Redding’s inability to get hitters out, the Mets won anyway.

Manager Jerry Manuel understands that there is still plenty of time before the start of the regular season for Redding to get himself straightened out. The Mets are counting on him to take on the role of fifth starter, a role that for a number of years has never been one of their strong points.

For further reading check out a previous post entitled, The Mets Are Seeing Red

Following the publishing of this post, the NY Post reported that the Mets are moving forward and placing Redding on the DL because of shoulder discomfort and lack of arm strength.

The Mets Are Seeing Red

January 10, 2009

The word on the street is that the New York Mets are very close to signing a right-handed starting pitcher. Could it be, Derek Lowe? We all knew Omar would get his man sooner or later. It just goes to show you that if you stick to your guns and refuse to give in, your hard work will pay off.

“Isn’t Omar the greatest GM in all of baseball?”

First, he brings in the most exciting closer since Dennis Eckersley. Then, he successfully orchestrates a three-team trade replacing key players who made up the majority of last year’s disastrous bullpen.

“Wait a minute….one year, $2.25 million for Derek Lowe?”

“Oh my, this doesn’t seem right.”

After managing to pick myself up after falling off my chair, the Mets announced that they have reached an agreement with free-agent pitcher, Tim Redding. Redding, who turns 31 next month, accomplished something no other Washington Nationals’ pitcher accomplished: he won ten games.

It’s no secret the economy is flailing amidst reports that the Mets organization is requesting City Hall to send more public bonds to help defray some of the new stadium’s costs. Perhaps, the Wilpons, the Mets principal owners, have miscalculated the losses they incurred with their involuntary participation in the latest Bernard Madoff Ponzi scheme.

Come to think of it, it all makes perfect sense: the Mets are broke. Compounded with the low offers for front-line starting pitching and the reluctance to budge, we may have to live with Redding and young left-hander, Jonathon Niese as our fourth and fifth starters.