Looking to bolster their bullpen for the stretch run in 2015, the Mets acquired right-hander Tyler Clippard from the Oakland A’s on July 27th. He made his Met debut the following day pitching a scoreless 8th inning in the Mets 4-0 win over the San Diego Padres.
Serving as a set-up man for closer Jeurys Familia Clippard posted a 4-1 record with 2 saves and a 3.06 ERA in 32 appearances as the Mets went on to win the National League Eastern Division.
He earned his first save as a Met on August 2nd when he pitched a scoreless 9th inning in the Mets 5-2 victory over the Washington Nationals. With the win the Mets pulled to within 1 game of the first-place Nationals.
Clippard struggled during the postseason as the Mets marched all the way to the World Series. He appeared in 8 games during the postseason and posted a 0-1 record with a 6.75 ERA. His one loss came during the 4th game of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals. He gave up 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning.
Following the season Clippard signed as a free agent with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
While with the Mets Clippard wore number 46.
Tyler Clippard also played for the following teams:
New York Yankees – 2007,2016,2017
Washington Nationals – 2008-2014
Oakland A’s – 2015
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2016
Following his release from the Philadelphia Phillies, the Mets signed Dario Alvarez as free agent on January 13, 2013. The left-handed pitcher worked his way through the Mets minor league system before getting the call to join the big club as a September call up in 2014. His combined minor league numbers in 2014 consisted of a 10-1 record with a 1.10 ERA in 29 relief appearances.
Alvarez made his Mets as well as his major league debut on September 13, 2014 vs the Miami Marlins. He faced one batter giving up an RBI single to Christian Yelich which tied the game. But the Mets would go on to win the game 4-3. He finished the season in the Mets bullpen appearing a 4 games for a total of 1 1/3 innings with a 13.50 ERA.
In 2015 he once again pitched in the minors before joining the team in September. As the Mets battled the Washington Nationals for the Eastern Division, Alvarez made his 2015 debut on September 7th. With the game tied at 5 in the 6th inning, Alvarez struck out Bryce Harper, who would go on to win the National League MVP in 2015. It was the only batter he would face, but it was good enough to earn him the win as the Mets scored 3 in the 7th inning to take the lead. With the win the Mets extended their lead over the Nationals to 4 games and would never look back as they cruised the rest of the way to win the division.
Alvarez would appear in another 5 games for the Mets in 2015 pitching a total of 3 2/3 innings and posting an ERA of 12.27.
Alvarez once again started the 2016 season in the Mets minor league system, but with his ERA ballooning to 9.98 for the Las Vegas 51s he was released and selected off waivers by the Atlanta Braves.
His overall numbers with the Mets, 5 innings pitched in 10 relief appearances with an ERA of 12.60.
While with the Mets Alvarez wore number 68.
Dario Alvarez also played for the following teams:
Texas Rangers – 2016
Atlanta Braves – 2016
Looking to bolster their offense the Mets signed free agent Michael Cuddyer as a free agent prior to the 2015 season. Cuddyer, a 14 year veteran who won the National League batting title with Colorado in 2013, was the Mets opening day leftfielder and cleanup hitter. For the record, he went 1 for 4 in the Mets win over the Washington Nationals.
Unfortunately, Cuddyer never really got on track and struggled for most of the season finishing with a .259 average with 10 home runs and 41 RBIs. He hit his first home run as a Met on April 12 in the Mets 4-3 win over the Atlanta Braves. His most productive game occurred on August 26th against the Philadelphia Phillies, he went 3 for 5 with a homer and 3 RBIs in the Mets 9-4 victory.
Despite Cuddyer’s struggles the Mets did win the National League Eastern Division and advanced to the playoffs. But by that time the playoffs rolled around Cuddyer was no longer the Mets everyday leftfielder. As the Mets advanced to the World Series he appeared in 6 playoff games and hit just .091 (1 for 11). His only hit came during game 1 of the National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs.
Despite having one year left on his contract Cuddyer retired following the 2015 season.
While with the Mets Cuddyer wore number 23.
Michael Cuddyer also played for the following teams:
Minnesota Twins – 2001-2011
Colorado Rockies – 2012-2014