The SCRAPPY Mets (39-39) enter Philadelphia (39-37) for a 3 game set starting tonight.Â Our boys hope to make it 3 wins in a row but standing in their way will be (RHP) Rodrigo Lopez.Â Here’s the skinny on Lopez who will be making his Phillies debut.
Full Name: Rodrigo Munoz Lopez
Born: December 14,1975 Â inÂ Tlalnepantla, Mexico
Height: 6-1Â Â Weight: 180Â Â Bats: RightÂ Â Throws: Right
High School: -
Drafted: Signed as an undrafted free agent by the San Diego Padres in 1995
Career (65-65 4.80 ERA 1.40 WHIP)
Â Per MLB.com,
“Right-hander Rodrigo Lopez will make his season debut Friday against the Mets. He takes left-hander Antonio Bastardo’s spot in the rotation. Bastardo is on the DL with a strained left shoulder. Lopez is 5-4 with a 3.91 ERA in 13 starts this season with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He is 65-65 with a 4.80 ERA in his seven-year Major League career. Because of arm problems, he last pitched for the Rockies in 2007. Lopez signed a Minor League deal with the Phillies at the end of Spring Training after they watched him pitch in the World Baseball Classic.”
At Lehigh Valley, Lopez composed a 5-4 record with a 3.91 ERA and 1.35 WHIP.
The Mets have never faced Lopez.
Lopez’s Pitchfx Type & Velocity (2007)Â according to fangraphs,
Fastball – 38.5%/89.7 MPH
Cutter – 18.5%/88.6 MPH
Slider – 18.5%/82 MPH
Changeup – 15.4%/83.9 MPH
Scouting Report according to 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.
According to baseball-reference , Lopez is most similar to retired pitcher Armando Reynoso.Â Reynoso played for the Mets from 1997-1998.