Sunday night Terry Collins was faced with a dilemma: Use Miguel Batista for a second inning or bring in Tim Byrdak to face more than one batter. Collins opted for Batista, who promptly gave up the game-winning home run to Robinson Cano, a lefty. The Yankees had Cano, Mark Teixeira and Nick Swisher due up in the inning. Both Teixeira and Swisher are switch-hitters who are worse against LHP than RHP yet Collins chose to stick with Batista and paid the price.
The Mets’ reaction to this situation is to add another LHP to their roster, as they promoted Justin Hampson who was not even on the team’s 40-man roster. To make room for Hampson, the Mets DFAd Vinny Rottino, taking away a RHB in the process.
Is this really the best allocation of resources?
Byrdak is on the roster to get out LHB yet in a tie game in the 8th inning with a key lefty at the plate and two switch-hitters, he couldn’t be used. And to rectify this situation, they add another lefty, presumably another guy who can’t be used to face RHB. It feels like I fell down the rabbit hole. How many situational lefties does a team need? How many relievers who can only be used for one or two batters is the optimal number in this crazy new world?
While you ponder that, consider that Sampson will be the 21st pitcher used by the Mets this season. Last year the Mets used 23 hurlers over the entire season.
The new pen will have two lefties, Bobby Parnell as closer and Jon Rauch as a primary setup man. Welcome to Wonderland where things like this happen and no one bats an eye.
Suddenly, Daniel Murphy’s mustache makes more sense.