So, World Series now? Well, maybe not–but the Mets, at the very least, solidified their Triple-A depth. According to MetsBlog.com, both lefty reliever Pat Misch and almost starting shortstop Luis Hernandez will report to Triple-A Buffalo. The two had been placed on waivers earlier in the week after failing to nail-down active roster slots, but there were some murmurings of both Misch and Hernandez pursuing greener [or more Major League] pastures. Despite their current minor league status, it’s a lock that both will see a decent chunk of time in the show.
Although Pat Misch has logged more innings as a starter in the majors, his true “success” has actually been as a reliever. In 64 career innings as a reliever, the lefty has posted a 2.67 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 1.75 K/BB ratio, and a .255/.313/.366 line against. As a Met, Misch owns a respectable 4.00 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, and 2.00 K/BB ratio in a variety of roles. Prior to Spring Training, many assumed Misch could conceivably become the Mets left-handed specialist. However, left-handed hitters have strangely fared just as well against Misch as right-handed hitters (righties: .282/.332/.436 line against, lefties: .289/.337/.467 line against). Considering the Mets only have one lefty in their bullpen (Tim Byrdak), Misch will definitely get some looks at some point this season.
Luis Hernandez got a little press this Spring Training when Terry Collins preemptively referred to the middle infielder as “his starting second baseman.” Mind you, Hernandez owns a career .255/.302/.331 line–in the minors! Even though the Mets skipper thought highly of Hernandez’s defense, it still wasn’t enough to convince Sandy Alderson that he was a better option than current starter Brad Emaus. And thank God. Hernandez might have a tougher time cracking the major league roster than Misch, but if Emaus proves ineffective or if Jose Reyes makes his usual trip to the DL, then Hernandez’s “fate” as a starter might actually ring true.