It’s good to see that Sandy Alderson cares about my sentiments. The Mets acted quickly on the Blaine Boyer experiment after the righty lost his second game of the season with a horrendous 4 earned-run/2 inning outing today against the Nationals. The reliever had posted a dismal 0-2 record in orange and blue, while allowing an astounding 13 hits, 8 earned-runs, 1 walk, and striking-out just 1 batter in 6.6 innings. The move is hardly surprising, and it will be nice to see former Mets farmhand, Jason Isringhausen, back in a Mets uniform–yet the Igarashi promotion, especially at the expense of Duda’s bat, seems a bit odd.
Ryota Igarashi came over from the Yakult Swallows of the Japan league last season when the Mets signed him to a two year, $3 million contract. While the Mets were successful with their other Japanese import (Hisanori Takahashi), Igarashi posted a disappointing 7.12 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, and a 1.39 K/BB ratio in 30.3 IP last season. The right-handed reliever went into Spring Training without a guaranteed spot, and was optioned to Triple-A before the start of the 2011 season. It’s doubtful the Mets plan to use Igarashi in any tight spot, leaving him for mop-up duties.
Considering the Mets also have Pat Misch and Manny Acosta in Triple-A, it’s a bit nonsensical that neither experienced pitcher got the call. In addition, since the Mets only have one left-handed pitcher in their bullpen, promoting Misch over Igarashi would have given Manager Terry Collins a solid second option.