How on earth will Mets replace Tim Byrdak’s 37.2 IP?

Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery to repair his torn meniscus and will be out for a minimum of six weeks. Last season, his first year with the Mets, Byrdak posted a 3.82 ERA and a 1.407 WHIP. That performance so overwhelmed the team’s brass that they rushed out and signed the [...]

Tim Byrdak is Alderson’s Tripod Ladder System

When you are struggling to make ends meet, you don’t shop at Sky Mall. When you’re worried that they are going to turn off your power, you don’t go out and buy a Tripod Ladder System for $299.00, no matter how cool it seems. Which brings us to the Mets signing Tim Byrdak for 2012. [...]

Mets Notes: DH results, Bay’s resurgence and Byrdak’s splits

The Mets lost both games of a doubleheader to the Braves on Thursday. It was the second time this year New York fell in both games of a DH to Atlanta and the third time in four tries this season it has been swept in a twin bill. The Mets are 70-73 (.490) overall this [...]

Terry Collins fails in usage of Tim Byrdak

At best I was ambivalent about the hiring of Terry Collins as manager. But he’s done a nice job of keeping the team together after a 5-13 start which could have buried others. He’s handled the loss of three starters to the disabled list, another to the waiver wire and a starting rotation which has [...]

Revamped Mets pen leads to 5-game win streak

One of the keys to Tuesday’s victory over the Nationals was the work of the bullpen. Mets relievers went 4.1 IP and allowed 1 ER and picked up both the win (Ryota Igarashi) and the save (Francisco Rodriguez). Considered by some to be the weak point of the team, the bullpen has been an asset [...]

Byrdak, Hu next on chopping block for Mets?

Last year’s Mets roster had a bunch of questionable additions on Opening Day that it took until mid-May or later to correct. This year’s roster had fewer head-scratching selections and the new management team has been quicker to address problems. Blaine Boyer, clearly the biggest Opening Day mistake, lasted all of 10 days. Lucas Duda [...]

Predictions for the 2011 Mets

My first go round at Opening Day predictions at Mets360 did not go so well. So, I could go one of several ways: A. Try to make “easy” predictions to make me look good in hindsight. B. Make off the wall assertions and when one of them came true, trumpet the fact that I picked [...]

Top 10 Spring Training stories for Mets

After four months without MLB, Spring Training is always a welcome sight. Even though the teams never have full lineups, the pitchers rarely throw at peak form and managers make moves they never would during the season – we can’t help but to look at the stats and look at things that jump out. There [...]

Mets bullpen: Analyzing NL LOOGY performance

Following up on yesterday’s piece asking if the Mets need a LOOGY, I decided that we needed to see what these lefty relievers contributed, both overall and then broken down versus LHB and RHB, to determine what others have gotten from these guys. The first thing I did was do a Play Index search at [...]

Tim Byrdak is pitching great but do Mets need him?

Another day, another scoreless inning for Tim Byrdak. So far this Spring, Byrdak has appeared in five games and has 5.1 scoreless IP. Yesterday he even picked up the save, although save chances will probably be non-existent for whoever earns the LOOGY job out of the Mets pen. Byrdak signed a minor league contract with [...]