Thursday, July 14, 2011

Mets Morning News: Possible Roster Moves, Bay Against Lefties, Wright'sReturn

According to ESPN New York, Ryota Igarashi is expected to take Francisco Rodriguez's spot on the roster. In 15 major league appearances this season, Igarashi is 2-1 with a 4.63 ERA.

Michael Salfino of the Wall Street Journal believes Jason Bay would be better off batting exclusively against lefties.
If Bay had the 16 more plate appearances versus righties, which he needs to technically qualify, his .565 on-base plus slugging percentage versus them would be the fourth-worst in all of baseball. What's more discouraging for Bay is that this has never been a problem before. In his career, he has done fine against righty pitchers, .852 career OPS against them vs. .912 against lefties. In 2010, he hit righties and lefties almost equally (.748/.750).

Fortunately for the Mets, Bay has hit like his old self against lefties (.892 OPS). But that's in just 66 at bats. And there lies the problem, less than 40% of pitchers are left-handed.
Sandy Alderson confirmed that David Wright will play in his first rehab game for Class A St. Lucie at Lakeland on Friday night. Assuming everything goes well, Wright will return to the Mets on July 22.

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