Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fossum pitches well enough to win, but doesn't

Is Nick Evans unhappy that he was sent down to Triple-A? Unless he's playing with an injury, that could explain why he's hitting only .118. But then, a lot of Buffalo's batters are hitting poorly. In last night's game, half the starters were hitting below .220, and three of them were hitting below .200.

The Bisons' starter, Casey Fossum, pitched a good game. In six innings, he struck out nine, giving up only one run and three hits. His ERA is now 0.82. Unfortunately, Eddie Kunz lost the game in his two-inning stint.

Fossum was born in Cherry Hill, NJ, a town much closer to Philadelphia than New York. A former first-round pick of the Boston Red Sox, the lefty has pitched for five Major League teams since 2001. During that time, he's won 40 games, though never more than eight in one season, and has a career ERA of 5.47. In his previous Triple-A stints, the 31-year-old had a 6-5 record with a 3.04 ERA.

It seems as if the Mets signed him as pitching insurance. If he continues to pitch well for Buffalo and a current starter suffers an injury, the Mets could call him up later in the season.

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