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 inning in relief 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

Ike Davis – His New York Mets Career 2010-2014

Ike Davis.jpgThe son of former Major League pitcher Ron Davis, Ike Davis was drafted by the Mets in the first round of the 2008 amateur draft.  Davis made his major-league debut with the Mets on April 19, 2010 as their starting first baseman.   Ike singled in his first at-bat and finished the game 2 for 4 with an RBI in the Mets 6-1victory over the Chicago Cubs.  

Davis finished out the season as the Mets everyday first baseman and quickly became a fan favorite not only for his bat but also his slick fielding.  Met fans especially grew to love his spectacular catches of foul pop-ups, in which he braced himself against the railing in front of the first base dugout, and then flipped over the railing as he caught the ball. He hit his first major league home run on April 23 against the Atlanta Braves and twice hit 2 home runs in a game, May 7 against the San Francisco Giants and July 17th also against the Giants.  On June 8th against the San Diego Padres, Davis hit a walk off home run in the 11th inning.  Davis finished out the 2010 season with 19 home runs and 71 RBIs and a .264 average.

Based on his 2010 performance big things were expected of Davis in 2011.  At first Davis did not disappoint, he drove in at least one run in 9 of his first 10 games.   Davis was hitting .302 with 7 home run and 25 RBIs when his season was cut short by a freak accident on May 10.  On a routine pop up near the pitcher’s mound third baseman David Wright stepped on Ike’s left ankle.  At first the injury did not appear serious, but it would eventually require season ending surgery.

Davis returned in 2012 hoping to forget about 2011.  But he got off to a slow start by going 0-18 to start the season.  Davis continued to struggle for much of the first half of 2012 and was hitting just .198 at the end of June.  During that time, he did manage to hit his first grand slam on June 18th against the Baltimore Orioles.  Davis hit much better in the second half of the season.  Though he hit just .227 for the season he did manage to hit 32 home runs to lead the team and drive in 90 RBIs.  Davis also became the 9th player in franchise history to hit 3 home run in one game, he accomplished the feat on July at the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Davis started out the 2013 season much like 2012.  With his average at just .161 he was sent down to the minors at the beginning of June.  When he returned in July his bat began to heat up and he hit .286 during the second half of the season.  He finished the season with a .205 average with 9 home runs and 33 RBIs.

Davis was the Mets opening day first baseman in 2014, but it was soon announced that the bulk of the first base duties would be given to Lucas Duda.  On April 5th Davis hit a pinch-hit game winning grand slam against the Cincinnati Reds. It would be the last hurrah of his Mets career as he was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 18th.

In 454 games over 5 seasons Davis hit .241 with 68 home runs and 224 RBIs.

While with the Mets Davis wore number 29.

Ike Davis also played for the following teams:
Pittsburgh Pirates – 2014
Oakland A’s – 2015
New York Yankees – 2016

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Pedro Beato – His New York Mets Career 2011,2012

pedro-beatoThe Mets drafted Pedro Beato in the Rule 5 draft from the Baltimore Orioles on December 9, 2010.  The right-handed reliever made his Mets as well as his major league debut on Opening Day, April 1, 2011.  He pitched 2 innings and allowed 3 hits and no runs in the Mets 6-2 defeat at the hands of the Florida Marlins.  In his first 18 23 innings, Beato allowed no earned runs, setting the Mets franchise record for longest scoreless inning streak to start a career. During that stretch he allowed only 9 hits and three walks.

Beato would appear in 60 games for the Mets all out of the bullpen in 2011.  He posted a 2-1 record with a 4.30 ERA.  His earned his first major league win on April 27 against the Washington Nationals. 

Beato started the 2012 season in the minors before being recalled to the Mets in July.  Beato appeared in 7 games and posted a 10.38 ERA before being traded to the Boston Red Sox in exchange for catcher Kelly Shoppach.

Pedro Beato appeared in 67 games over two seasons for the Mets and recorded a 2-1 record with a 4.67 ERA.

While with the Mets Beato wore number 27.

Pedro Beato also played for the following teams:
Boston Red Sox – 2012,2013
Atlanta Braves – 2014

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