Jun 9, 2013; New York, NY, USA; Miami Marlins catcherMiguel Olivo
(21) high fives third base coach Joey Espada (4) in front of New York Mets relief pitcherRobert Carson
(73) after hitting a two-run home run during the tenth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Today’s Season In Review takes a look at Robert Carson.
24-year-old Carson was only briefly on the Mets roster this year. He joined the team late in April and was back in AAA by the beginning of June. He was called up once again at the end of August but only made one appearance during his late-season return to the team.
How He Did On The Mound:
Robert Carson simply did not have a good season. He appeared in 14 games and gave up at least one run in 11 of those appearances. He was responsible for 9 home runs and 19 total runs. His HR/9 was 4.1 and WHIP was 1.424. His ERA was 8.24. The small sample size of a season produced some pretty hideous results.
In AAA his ERA was only slightly above 4.00. However, in Las Vegas and the PCL in general that is not really alarming. Carson was lucky enough to have the opportunity to pitch outside of that AAA hitters-league and he did not take advantage.
Areas To Improve Upon:
Carson’s season was ruined by the long ball. In half of his appearances this season he gave up at least one home run. Of those 7 appearances with a homer, five of the games were at pitcher-friendly Citi Field. He only gave up two home runs in 17 appearances in 2012 and only 3 in 43 games in AAA this year. His MLB results were so far off from his AAA results that it is hard to know what exactly went wrong with Carson this season, but if there is one thing to improve, it has to be keeping the ball in the ballpark.
Projected Role In 2014:
The Mets are going to need room on the 40-man roster soon and Carson’s underwhelming season could put him in jeopardy of being removed from the roster. He is under control for next season, but the emergence of Scott Rice and the Mets’ fondness of Josh Edgin seemingly have the lefty reliever role covered.
Contract Status & Trade Rumors:
One thing Carson has working in his favor is his age. He will be 25 next season, is under team control, and is still young enough to make a splash in the big leagues. Unfortunately for him, this season definitely set him back on the Mets’ priority list. He will likely be back with the organization, but off the 40-man roster and in Triple-A Las Vegas.