According to Andy McCullough of the Newark Star Ledger, left-handed reliever/swingman Pat Misch has cleared waivers. Misch had been competing in Spring Training for the last spot in the Mets bullpen, but lost out to righty Blaine Boyer. Before Misch is officially assigned to Triple-A, the pitcher must decide within the next 72 hours if he’s willing to report–a detail that could be a thorn in the Mets plans to keep the versatile lefty like they were able to last season.
Misch was originally drafted by the San Francisco Giants in the seventh round of the 2003 draft. Even though he was raised as a starter, Misch has obviously found more success as a reliever in the majors, owning a career 2.67 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and a .255/.313/.366 line against in 64 relief innings. However, while one might naturally assume the lefty would dominate his own kind, Misch, in fact, pitches equally [mediocre] against both left-handed and right-handed hitters. In Misch’s 193.6 career innings, righties own a .282/.332/.436 line against and lefties an eerily similar .289/.337/.467 line against.
Assuming Misch accepts the Triple-A assignment, the pitcher could still see plenty of innings in the majors for the Mets. Given his experience in both starting and relieving roles, Misch could provide the Mets with competent innings from a multitude of situations in 2011.