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Dana Eveland: Mets Season in Review

By Sam Maxwell

Our Mets season in review continues with a look at Dana Eveland.

Aug 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Dana Eveland (61) pitches against the Philadelphia Phillies during the seventh inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Eveland became an unsung hero for the 2014 New York Mets out of nowhere, assuming an important lefty-alternative role for the team, especially as Scott Rice struggled in his sophomore year. The veteran left-hander has traveled back-and-forth between an array of teams’ AAA ballclubs and the Big Leagues, even gathering 168 innings for the Oakland A’s in 2008. Though the 27.1 innings is at the bottom of his career numbers, one could argue that 2014 was Dana Eveland’s breakthrough year, with potential to have finally found his true niche in the Major Leagues.

How He Fared in 2014:

After playing in Japan for the Hanwha Eagles, Dana signed a minor league deal with the Mets on February 17th. He was assigned to AAA Las Vegas, where he pitched to a 3.91 ERA in 46.1 IP. With a desperate need for arms during a 5-game series with the Phillies, the Mets called on Eveland, sending Matt den Dekker down at the time. They never sent Dana back. Ironically, Eveland’s numbers were better against righties than lefties, though he wasn’t terrible against lefties either. Lefty batters hit .241 off Eveland, whereas righty batters hit .216. He gave up only 5 runs in 14 IP against lefties, and only 3 ER in 13.1 IP against righties. Overall, Dana pitched to a 1-1 record with a 2.63 ERA with a 1.10 WHIP in 27.1 IP, basically striking out a batter an inning and only walking 6.

Areas to Improve Upon:

If we’re nitpicking, Eveland just needs to pitch better at home. He pitched to a 3.46 ERA with batters hitting .278 against him at home, whereas he pitched to a 1.88 ERA on the road with batters only squaring up for a .177 AVG.

Projected Role in 2015:

If the Mets resign him, he’ll most likely be back in the same role as a reliable lefty who could potentially be effective against both sides of the plate.

Contract Status and Trade Rumors:

Dana Eveland and the Mets signed a 1-year minor league deal in February, so, there is no guarantee the two sides will see eye to eye after his 2014 season. If they do come together, Dana Eveland will once again be welcome depth to a bullpen that seems to be evolving into something special right before our very eyes.