Mike Pelfrey – His New York Mets Career 2006-2012

Mike PelfreyRight-handed pitcher Mike Pelfrey was the Mets number one pick (9th overall) in the 2005 amateur draft.  He made his Major League debut a year later on July 8 against the Florida Marlins.  He allowed 3 runs over 5 innings and was the winning pitcher as the Mets cruised to a 17-3 victory.  He also won his next start on July 18.  Overall, he made four starts for the Mets in 2006 and went 2-1 with a 5.48 ERA.

Pelfrey made the Mets starting rotation out of Spring Training.  He received a no-decision in his first start of the season, a Mets 3-2 win over the Washington Nationals.  But he than lost his next five starts and with his ERA at 6.53 was demoted to the minors.  He returned in July and made 4 starts but with similar results and with his record at 0-7 was once again demoted.  He returned when rosters expanded in September and pitched well posting a 3-1 record.  For the season he went 3-8 with a 5.57 ERA.

Pelfrey was slotted to be the Mets number 5 starter in 2008 and spent the entire season with the team.  After starting the season 2-6 Pelfrey hit his stride in June.  From June to the end of August he went 11-2 in 17 starts.   He was named the National League player of the week for the week ending July 13.  In two starts he pitched 15 shutout innings and allowed just 9 hits.  He threw his first career complete game on August 20, a three hitter against the Atlanta Braves and followed that up with another complete game against the Houston Astros on August 25.  For the season Pelfrey finished 13-11 with a 3.72 ERA.

In 2009 Pelfrey had the honor of starting the first game at the Mets new ballpark CitiField.  He gave up a leadoff home run and five earned runs as the Mets lost 6-5 to the San Diego Padres.   For the season he went 10-12 with a 5.03 ERA.  His best appearance came on September 6 when he allowed just 5 hits and 1 run over 8 innings as the Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-2.

2010 turned out to be Pelfrey’s best season while with the Mets.  He started the season 4-0 with a 0.69 ERA.  He even heard a save on April 17 when he pitched the 20th inning in the Mets 2-1 win over the St. Louis Cardinals.  By the end of June his record was 10-2.   He finished the season 15-9 with a 3.64 ERA. His 15 wins were the most on the team.

Unfortunately, his 2011 season was a disappointment.  He posted a 7-13 record with a 4.74 ERA.  His best outing came on June 18 when he pitched a complete game and allowed just 5 hits and 1 run against the Los Angeles Angels. He also earned another complete game victory on July 27 against the Cincinnati Reds.

Pelfrey started 3 games in 2012 but than was shut down for the season when it was determined that he would need Tommy John surgery on his elbow.  The surgery ended his Mets career; after the season he was granted free agency and he signed with the Minnesota Twins.

Over 7 seasons with the Mets Pelfrey went 50-54 with a 4.36 ERA.

While with the Mets Pelfrey wore number 34.

Mike Pelfrey also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 2013-2015
Detroit Tigers – 2016
Chicago White Sox – 2017

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Royce Ring – His New York Mets Career 2005,2006

Royce RingThe Mets acquired left-handed pitcher Royce Ring from the Chicago White Sox along with Edwin Almonte and Andrew Salvo in exchange for Roberto Alomar on July 1, 2003.  He made his Major League debut with the Mets on April 29, 2005 when he pitched a 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.  He made a total of 15 relief appearances during the season and posted an 0-2 record with a 5.06 ERA.

Ring pitched the majority of the 2006 season in the minors joining the Mets in August.  He finished out the season with the Mets and made 11 relief appearances posting a 0-0 record with a 2.13 ERA.

Following the season, the Mets traded Ring along with Heath Bell to the San Diego Padres in exchange for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson.  In 26 relief appearances he went 0-2 with a 3.47 ERA.

While with the Mets Ring wore number 22 in 2005 and 43 in 2006.

Royce Ring also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 2007
Atlanta Braves – 2007,2008
New York Yankees – 2010.

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Chris Woodward – His New York Mets Career 2005-2006

Chris WoodwardThe Mets signed utility player Chris Woodward as a free agent on December 2, 2004.  He made his Met debut on April 6, 2005 when he replaced Doug Mientkiewicz at first base. He went on to appear in 81 games playing all four infield and all three outfield positions.  He batted .283 with 3 home runs and 18 RBIs.  On July 19 he hit a pinch hit walk off home run in the 11th inning against the San Diego Padres.  He also had a walk off pinch-hit single on August 20 against the Washington Nationals.

Woodward returned in 2006 an appeared in 83 games and batted just .216 with 3 home runs and 25 RBIs as the Mets went on to win the National League Eastern Division.  His most productive game came on April 13 when he drove in 3 runs in the Mets 13-4 win over the Nationals.  Woodward made just one appearance for the Mets in the postseason, he hit a pinch hit double in game 3 of the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the game in which the Mets clinched the series.

Following the season Woodward signed with the Atlanta Braves as a free agent.  In 164 games for the Mets Woodward batted .246 with 6 home runs and 43 RBIs.

While with the Mets Woodward wore number 4.

Chris Woodward also played for the following teams:
Toronto Blue Jays – 1999-2004, 2011
Atlanta Braves – 2007
Seattle Mariners – 2009,2010
Boston Red Sox – 2009

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Heath Bell – His New York Mets Career 2004-2006

Heath BellAfter spending six seasons working his way through their minor league system right-handed reliever Heath Bell finally made his Major League debut with the Mets on August 24, 2004.  He pitched two innings of scoreless relief in the Mets 3-1 loss to the San Diego Padres.  He finished out the season pitching out of the bullpen appearing in a total of 17 games.  He went 0-2 with a 3.33 ERA.

Bell spent the majority of the 2005 season with the Mets appearing in 42 games.  He posted a 1-3 record with a 5.59 ERA. He earned his first Major League win on July 7 when he pitched a scoreless 9th and 10th inning in the Mets 11 inning victory over the Washington Nationals.

He started the 2006 season in the minors before joining the Mets at the beginning of May.  He would spend the season shuffling back and forth between the Mets and the minors.  He appeared in 22 games for the Mets and went 0-0 with a 5.11.  

Following the season, the Mets traded Bell to the San Diego Padres along with Royce Ring in exchange for Jon Adkins and Ben Johnson.  It would be a trade the Mets would regret as Bell went on to become an All-Star reliever.    In 81 career games Bell posted a 1-5 record with a 4.92 ERA.

While with the Mets Bell wore number 19.

Heath Bell also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 2007-2011
Miami Marlins – 2012
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2013
Tampa Bay Rays – 2014

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Jose Lima – His New York Mets Career 2006

Jose LimaJose Lima, a former All-Star and 20 game winner, was looking to resurrect his career when he signed with the Mets on February 14, 2006. He made his Met debut on May 7 and was the losing pitcher in the Mets 13-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves; he gave up five runs in five innings. Unfortunately for the Mets that would be Lima’s best start. He started a total of four games with each one worse than the one before. With his record at 0-4 and his ERA an astronomical 9.87 Lima was designated for assignment and finished the season in the minors with the Norfolk Tides where he posted a 7-8 record.

While with the Mets Lima wore number 17.

Jose Lima also played for the following teams:
Detroit Tigers – 1994-1996, 2001,2002
Houston Astros – 1997-2001
Kansas City Royals – 2003,2005
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2004

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Henry Owens – His New York Mets Career 2006

Henry OwensThe Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Henry Owens from the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2004 minor league draft.  After spending a year and half in the minors he made his Major League debut with the Mets on July 7, 2006.  He pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the Mets 7=3 loss to the Florida Marlins. He made two more relief appearances before being shipped back to the minors where he finished out the season.  He threw a total of 4 innings and posted a 9.00 ERA.

Following the 2006 season the Mets traded Owens to the Florida Marlins along with Matt Lindstrom in exchange for Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick.

While with the Mets Owens wore number 36.

Henry Owens also played for the Florida Marlins in 2007.

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Xavier Nady – His New York Mets Career 2006

Xavier NadyThe Mets acquired Nady from the San Diego Padres prior to the 2006 season in exchange for fellow outfielder Mike Cameron. At the time of the trade many questioned the logic behind it as Cameron was considered the better of the two. But on Opening Day 2006, the name Cameron was quickly forgotten by Met fans as Xavier Nady, thanks to a 4 for 4 performance, quickly became a fan favorite. He actually started the season 5 for 5 after getting a hit in his first at bat in game number two. After the first month of the season he was hitting .311 with six home runs. His numbers began to fall off in the month of June, thanks in part to missing two weeks with an appendectomy. But he continued to play a solid right field as the Mets ran away with the National League’s Eastern Division.

But with Nady hitting .264 with 14 home runs and 40 RBIs Mets General Manager Omar Minaya traded Nady to the Pittsburgh Pirates at the trading deadline. The deal came about all because Duaner Sanchez, one of the Mets top relievers, was lost for the season when he was injured in a car accident. Minaya thinking he needed to replace Sanchez’s arm in the bullpen panicked and traded Nady for pitchers Roberto Hernandez and Oliver Perez. Even though the Mets won their division and returned to the playoffs for first time since 2006, they missed Nady’s right handed bat in their lineup and were eventually upset by the St Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

While with the Mets Nady wore number 22.

Xavier Nady also played for the following teams:
San Diego Padres – 2000, 2003-2005, 2014
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2006-2008
New York Yankees – 2008,2009
Chicago Cubs – 2010
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2011
San Francisco Giants – 2012
Washington Nationals – 2012

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Alay Soler – His New York Mets Career 2006

Alay SolerAlay Soler, a former member of the Cuban National Team, defected to the Dominican Republic in 2003. The Mets signed the right-handed pitcher as free agent a year later but it would take him over a year before he could report to the States due to issues with his visa. Once his visa issues were straightened out Soler reported to the Mets minor league system to start the 2006 season. After pitching in Brooklyn, St Lucie and Binghamton he made his Met debut on May 24th. He pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs but suffered a no decision in the Mets 5-4 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. He would lose his next game but then post back to back winning games including a complete game two hit shutout over the Diamondbacks. But after back to back outings against the Red Sox and Yankees in which he gave up eight earned runs in less than five innings of work, he was shipped back to the minors. In 8 starts for the Mets he was 2-3 with a 6.00 ERA.

Soler was released by the Mets after having a lousy Spring Training in 2007.

While with the Mets Soler wore number 59.

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Michael Tucker – His New York Mets Career 2006

Michael TuckerThe Mets signed Michael Tucker, a ten year journeyman outfielder, prior to the 2006 season.  He spent the majority of the season playing for the Norfolk Tides, the Mets triple A minor league affiliate where he hit .265 with 6 home runs and 33 RBIs.  The Mets promoted him in the beginning of August and he made his Met debut on August 10 as their starting leftfielder against the San Diego Padres. He finished the season serving as a pinch hitter and fourth outfielder.   In 35 games, he hit .196 with a home run and 16 RBIs. His one home run came on August 13 against the Washington Nationals and gave the Mets a 2-1 lead in a game they would win 3-1.

The Mets kept Tucker on their postseason roster where he served exclusively as a pinch hitter.  He went 0-1 in the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers and 2 for 5 against the St Louis Cardinals in the NLCS.

He signed with the Boston Red Sox as a free agent following the season, but never made it back to the Majors.  His tenure with the Mets was his last in the Major Leagues.

While with the Mets Tucker wore number 22.

Michael Tucker also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 1995,1996, 2002,2003
Atlanta Braves – 1997,1998
Cincinnati Reds – 1999-2001
Chicago Cubs – 2001
San Francisco Giants – 2004,2005
Philadelphia Phillies – 2005

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Philip Humber – His New York Mets Career 2006,2007

Philip HumberThe New York Mets drafted right-handed pitcher Phillip Humber out of Rice University with the third overall pick in the 2004 amateur draft.  In his first year in the minors in 2005, he struggled over his first 15 starts posting a 2-7 record with the St Lucie Mets and Binghamton Mets.  His struggles were attributed to elbow discomfort and it was determined that he would need Tommy John surgery.  The surgery sidelined him for over a year.  When he returned in the middle of the 2006 season, he posted a 5-3 record and 2.83 ERA in 14 starts once again splitting time between St Lucie and Binghamton.

Based on his strong performance in 2006 Humber got the call to join the Mets in September and he made his Major League debut on September 24th pitching one inning of scoreless relief in the Mets 5-1 loss to the Washington Nationals.  He would make one more appearance out of the bullpen, once again throwing one inning of scoreless relief.

Humber spent the 2007 season pitching for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Mets top minor league club where he posted 11-9 record.  He once again joined the Mets in September and pitched out of the bullpen in two blowout losses.  But on September 26th with the Mets in the midst of a pennant race and Met manager Willie Randolph wanting to give his starters an extra day of rest, Humber was tabbed to start against the lowly Washington Nationals.  It was a game the Mets desperately needed to win as they were trying to hold off the Philadelphia Phillies and avoid a late season collapse.  The Mets hitters gave Humber a five-run lead, but he could not hold it as he gave up five runs in four innings, Though Humber would get a no decision the Mets would lose the game 9-6.  The loss became symbolic of the Mets September as they blew a seven-game lead with 17 games to play and missed the playoffs by one game.

Following the season, Humber was traded to the Minnesota Twins along with fellow prospects Carlos Gomez, Kevin Mulvey and Deolis Guerra in exchange for two-time Cy Young Award winner Johan Santana.  In five games for the Mets Humber posted a 0-0 record and 7.71 ERA in 9 innings. 

While with the Mets Humber wore number 49.

Philip Humber also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 2008,2009
Kansas City Royals – 2010
Chicago White Sox – 2011,2012
Houston Astros – 2013.

 

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