Mike Nickeas – His New York Mets Career 2010,2011,2012

Mike NickeasThe New York Mets acquired catcher Mike Nickeas from the Texas Rangers in exchange for Victor Diaz on August 30, 2006.  After spending five seasons in the minors Nickeas finally made his Major League debut on September 4, 2010 against the Chicago Cubs.  As the starting catcher he went 0-2 at the plate.  He would appear in five games for the Mets down the stretch at batted .200 (2 for 10).  Both of his hits came in the same game on September 29 against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Nickeas started the 2011 season with the Mets, appearing in 8 games before being demoted to the minors at the end of April.  At the time he was hitting .250 with 1 home run and 3 RBIs. His first home run came on April 21st in 9-1 win over the Houston Astros.  Nickeas returned to the Mets at the end of the season.  He appeared in another 13 games and finished with a .189 average (10 for 53).

He spent the majority of the 2012 season with the Mets appearing in 47 games and batted .174 with 1 home run and 13 RBIs.  His 1 home run was a grand slam in the Mets 9-0 win over the San Diego Padres on May 26.

Following the season Nickeas was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays along with R.A Dickey and Josh Thole in exchange for John Buck, Travis d’Arnaud, Noah Syndegaard and Wullmer Becerra.

In 73 total games over 3 seasons with the Mets Nickeas hit .180 with 2 home runs and 19 RBIs.

While with the Mets Nickeas wore number 13 in 2010 and 2011 and number 4 in 2012.

Mike Nickeas also played for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2013.

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Blaine Boyer – His New York Mets Career 2011

Blaine BoyerThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Blaine Boyer as a free agent on January 11, 2011.  He made his Met debut on Opening Day 2011 against the Florida Marlins, he pitched 2/3 innings and allowed 1 hit in the Mets 6-2 loss.  The next day he earned the save when he pitched the 10th inning in the Mets 6-4 win.  Boyer appeared in 3 more games and was the losing pitcher in 2 of them before being released on April 13th.  At the time of his release he had an 0-2 record with a 10.80 ERA in 6 2/3 innings.

While with the Mets Boyer wore number 23.

Blaine Boyer also played for the following teams:
Atlanta Braves – 2005-2009
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2009,2010
St. Louis Cardinals – 2009
San Diego Padres – 2014
Minnesota Twins – 2015
Milwaukee Brewers – 2016
Boston Red Sox – 2017

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D.J. Carrasco – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

DJ CarrascoThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher D.J. Carrasco as a free agent prior to the 2011 season.  He made his Met debut on April 3, 2011 pitching 1/3 of an inning in the Mets 9-2 win over the Florida Marlins.  He would go on to appear in 42 games, all but one out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-3 record with a 6.02 ERA.  His only victory occurred on August 9 when he pitched a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 5-4 victory over the San Diego Padres.  He lost his only start on April 16th against the Atlanta Braves, he lasted just 3 2/3 innings and allowed 3 earned runs.

Carrasco appeared in 4 games for the Mets in 2012 and posted a 7.36 ERA before being released on May 25.

In 46 games over 2 seasons Carrasco posted a 1-3 record with a 6.11 ERA

While with the Mets Carrasco wore number 77.

D.J. Carrasco also played for the following teams:
Kansas City Royals – 2003,2004,2005
Chicago White Sox – 2008,2009
Arizona Diamondbacks- 2010
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2010

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Manny Acosta – His New York Mets Career 2010-2012

Manny AcostaThe Mets claimed right-handed pitcher Manny Acosta off waivers from the Atlanta Braves on March 30, 2010.  After starting the season in the minors Acosta made his Met debut on April 21 against the Chicago Cubs.  He allowed 3 runs over 1 1/3 innings in the Mets 9-3 loss.  He earned his win as a Met three days later when he pitched 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Atlanta Braves.  He would go on to appear in 41 games for the Mets in 2010 posting a 3-2 record with 1 save and a 2.95 ERA.  His only save came on August 18th against the Houston Astros when he pitched a scoreless 14th inning to protect the Mets 3-2.

Acosta started the 2011 season in the minors before joining the Mets in June   He would appear in 44 games posting a 4-1 record with 4 saves and 3.45 ERA.  Following the trade of Francisco Rodriguez, he was often used as the team’s closer. 

He returned in 2012 but suffered through his worst season as a Met.  He went 1-3 in 45 games with one save and posted an astronomical ERA of 6.46. 

Following the season, he was granted free agency and opted to take his right arm to Japan.  In 130 relief appearances for the Mets over 3 season he recorded a 8-6 record with 6 saves and 4.37 ERA.

While with the Mets Acosta wore 36 in 2010 and number 46 in 2011 and 2012.

Manny Acosta also played for the Atlanta Braves from 2007-2009.

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Dale Thayer – His New York Mets Career 2011

Dale ThayerThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Dale Thayer as a free agent prior to the 2011 season.  After starting the season in the minors he made his Met debut on May 28th against the Philadelphia Phillies.  He pitched one inning and gave up one run as the Mets lost 5- 2.  He appeared in three more games before being shipped back to the minors.  He returned to the Mets in September to finish out the season.  He appeared in a total of 11 games and posted a 0-3 record with a 3.49 ERA.

Following the season Thayer signed as a free agent with the San Diego Padres.

While with the Mets Thayer wore numbers 46 and 36.

Dale Thayer also played for the following teams:
Tampa Bay Rays – 2009,2010
San Diego Padres – 2012-2015

Nick Evans – His New York Mets Career 2008-2011

Nick EvansNick Evans was drafted by the Mets in the 5th round of 2004 amateur draft and spent the next 4 years in their minor league system before making his Major League debut on May 25, 2008.  As the Mets starting leftfielder he broke in with a bang going 3-4 with 3 doubles and 2 RBIs in the 9-7 win over the Colorado Rockies.  He not only tied the franchise record for doubles in a game, but also became just the second player in Major League history to record 3 double in their debut.  Unfortunately for Evans that would be the highlight of his 4 seasons with the Mets, 4 seasons in which he shuffled back and forth between the Mets and the minor leagues.

He hit his first Major League home run on August 31, 2008 in the Mets 6-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.  Overall Evans would play 159 games for the Mets from 2008-2011, with his most productive season coming in 2011.  During that season, he hit 4 home runs and drove in 25 runs.  

Evans was granted free agency following the 2011 season and signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates.  He finished his Mets career with a .256 batting average and 8 home runs and 46 RBIs.

While with the Mets Evans wore number 6.

Nick Evans also played for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2014.

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Brad Emaus – His New York Mets Career 2011

Brad EmausFollowing the release of Luis Castillo during Spring Training the Mets gave the starting second base job to Brad Emaus whom they drafted from the Toronto Blue Jays during the rule 5 draft.  But Emaus could not take advantage of the opportunity and lasted just 14 games with the Mets.

Emaus made his Major League debut on Opening Day and went 0 for 2 with a walk.  During his next three starts he went for 4 for 11 but he then preceded to record just 2 hits over his next 23 at bats.  Based on his slow start the Mets designated him for assignment on April 21.  Since he was drafted in the Rule 5 draft he had to remain on the Mets 25-man roster for the entire season or else be offered back to the Blue Jays.  The Blue Jays accepted him but then quickly traded him to the Colorado Rockies.

During his 14 games with the Mets Emaus batted .162 with one RBI.

Emaus did return to the Mets organization in 2012 but never made it out of the minors.  He played 73 games for the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets triple A affiliate.

While with the Mets Emaus wore number 4.

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Miguel Batista – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

miguel BatistaThe Mets signed right-handed pitcher Miguel Batista as a free agent on July 1, 2011 following his release from the St. Louis Cardinals.  The 15-year veteran immediately reported to the Buffalo Bisons, the Mets triple A affiliate, where he appeared in 10 games and posted a 3-0 record.  On September 1 he was recalled to the big club and made his Met debut against the Florida Marlins.  He started the game and pitched 6 innings and allowed 2 runs to earn the victory.  Batista finished out season with the Mets as both a starter and reliever appearing in 9 games.  He pitched effectively and finished with a 3-0 record and 2.64 ERA.

Batista returned to the Mets in 2012 and appeared in 30 games, all but 5 out of the bullpen, and posted a 1-3 record with a 4.82 ERA before being released on July 26, 2012.  His only victory occurred on May 14 against the Milwaukee Brewers when he started and pitched 7 shutout innings.

In two seasons Batista appeared in 39 games and posted a 3-3 record with a 3.96 ERA.

While with the Mets Batista wore number 47.

Miguel Batista also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 1992
Florida Marlins – 1996
Chicago Cubs – 1997
Montreal Expos – 1998-2000
Kansas City Royals – 2000
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2001-2003,2006
Toronto Blue Jays – 2004,2005
Seattle Mariners – 2007-2009
Washington Nationals – 2010
St. Louis Cardinals – 2011
Atlanta Braves – 2012

 

 

 

 

Chin-Lung Hu – His New York Mets Career 2011

Ching Lung huThe Mets acquired Taiwanese native Chin-Lung Hu from the Los Angeles Dodgers prior to the 2011 season.  Thanks, in large part to his unusually last name, he became somewhat of a fan favorite during Spring Training, every time he appeared in a game you could hear the fans call out his name “Hu” 

Known more for his glove than his bat, Hu had a strong Spring Training and made the Mets opening day roster as a backup infielder.  After making his debut as a pinch hitter for Pedro Beato on Opening Day, Hu would go on to appear in 22 games for the Mets. But due in large part to his anemic offensive output (1 for 20), the Hu chants quickly turned to boos and he was demoted to the minors in the middle of May.  His only hit as a Met came on April 5 as a pinch hitter.

Hu finished out the 2011 season in the minors first with the Buffalo Bisons and then with the Gulf Coast Mets; he continued to struggle at the plate.  He was granted free agency following the season and signed with the Cleveland Indians but never made it back to the majors.

While with the Mets Hu wore number 25.

Ching-Lung Hu also played for the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2007-2010.

Chris Capuano – His New York Mets Career 2011

chris-capuanoThe Mets signed left-handed pitcher Chris Capuano as a free agent on January 3, 2011.  Prior to joining the Mets Capuano previously pitched for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Milwaukee Brewers.  He made his Met debut on April 3, pitching 2/3 of an inning in the Mets 9-2 victory over the Florida Marlins.

Capuano would go on to appear in 33 games for the Mets, all but two as a starter, during the 2011 season.  His first win as a Met came on April 9th when he started and pitched 6 innings against the Washington Nationals.  For the season he would go on to pitch fairly well  posting an 11-12 record with a 4.55 season.

The highlight of Capuano’s season occurred on August 26 against the Atlanta Braves.  He pitched a complete game 2 hit shutout and struck out a career best 13 batters.

2011 would be Capuano’s only season with the Mets, as he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers as a free agent following the season.

While with the Mets Capuano wore number 38.

Chris Capuano also played for the following teams:
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2003
Milwaukee Brewers – 2004-2007,2010, 2016
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2012,2013
New York Yankees – 2014,2015
Boston Red Sox – 2014

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