Â Last night in Baltimore, our boys fought back from a few deficits only to fall in the end.Â Tonight, the Mets hope to win the series against (RHP) Jason Berken (1-3 7.32 ERA).Â Here’s the 4-1-1 on Berken (25)…
Full Name: Â Jason Thomas Berken
Born: Â November 27,1983 Â inÂ Green Bay, Wisconsin
Height: Â 6-0Â Â Weight: Â 175Â Â Bats: Â Â Â Throws: Â Right
High School: Â West Depere (DePere, Wisconsin)Â Â “Phantoms”
College: Â Clemson University
Drafted: Â Selected by Baltimore Orioles in 6th Round (175th overall) of 2006 amateur entry draft (June-Reg)
Â Per MLB.com,
“Berken saw his second rough outing in a row in his last start. The right-hander lasted just 4 1/3 innings, allowing four earned runs on eight hits. He got into an early deficit by allowing a two-run home run in the first inning in his last start against Atlanta, and has seen his ERA go from 2.25 at the end of May to 7.32 in two starts in June.”
A Summary of Berken’s previous 3 outings courtesy of Foxsports-
(Sun. Jun 7, 2009) – Berken was shelled for nine runs in 3 1-3 innings in Saturday night’s 9-4 loss in Oakland.
(Mon. Jun 1, 2009) – Berken gave up one run, four hits and two walks in seven innings on Sunday against Detroit, but was outdueled by Tigers starter Edwin Jackson in a 3-0 loss.
(Wed. May 27, 2009) – Berken won in his major league debut – a 7-2 victory Tuesday night over visiting Toronto – by allowing two runs over five innings.
Scouting Report per fangraphs, baseballreference & minorleaguesplits –
Berken utilizes five pitches – a 92 mph fastball/47.5%, an 82 mph slider/11.9%, a 78 mph curveball/10.4%, a 90 mph 2Â seam/11.9%Â and an 83 mph changeup/18.4%. He exhibited impeccable control in the minors, with a career 2.5 BB/9. He was not an overpowering pitcher, striking out fewer than 8 batters per nine. However, he showed a great ability to induce groundballs, with nearly half of his balls in play staying on the ground.
Courtesy of thebaseballcube –
Control: Walks compared to batters faced.
k-Rating: Strikeouts compared to batters faced.
Efficiency:Similar to WHIP, a higher rating for pitchers allowing less baserunners per inning pitched.
The ratings are based on formulas that sum a player’s entire career based on available statistics in our database, including minor league and college data. These scouting scores are to be used as indicatorsof a player’s strength. A career minor leaguer might have a speed rating of 100 though this does not insinuate that he is a better runner than a major leaguer with a speed rating of 90. Though it does indicate that a player was an excellent base-stealer in the minors, we do not know how he would have fared in the majors.