Before last night’s 5-4 loss at Citi Field, Terry Collins announced that with Chris Schwinden heading back to Buffalo, Miguel Batista will enter the rotation, making his first start on Tuesday against Philadelphia.
“One of the things we brought Miguel Batista in for was not just to be a bullpen guy, but if we needed a spot starter at any time, he was the one to do it,” Collins said. “We saw last year how effective he can be in that role. As we wait to see how Chris Young comes along, this guy, we brought him here so if we needed a starter he was here. We’ve got to give him a look in that spot.”
-Adam Rubin of ESPNNewYork.com
What Terry Collins and Sandy Alderson are doing with this is just wrong. What’s the point of putting a 41 year-old, washed up veteran into the rotation? Does he even give you the best chance to win? Absolutely not. The only thing keeping Batista in the rotation is the four starts he made at the end of last season. He had a 2.42 ERA in 26 innings, including a shutout on the last day of the season. However, since then, Batista has been awful. In 10 games (13 innings) ha has a 6.92 ERA. He has given up at least one run in half of his appearances this season.
Why the Mets didn’t call up Jeremy Hefner really puzzles me. He is 26, certainly old enough and experienced enough to earn a big league job. Also, he has actually pitched well this year, unlike Batista. In Buffalo, he has a 1.64 ERA and a 0.970 WHIP in five starts. On top of that, he lines up well with Tuesday. He would only have three days of rest if he were to go on Tuesday, but adjustments could have been made. Even if Terry Collins thinks they are about the same skill level, why not start the younger guy with more potential?
I don’t know. It just doesn’t make sense.
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