Saturday, June 20, 2009

Mets top two farm teams not producing

The Mets continue to stock their Triple-A club with journeymen. The latest addition is pitcher Arturo Lopez, whom the Mets claimed off waivers from the Padres. A career minor leaguer, this season with San Diego Lopez appeared in four games. His ERA was 19.29 and his WHIP 4.286. No wonder the Padres released him.

Yesterday, Buffalo won its 23rd game, pounding out 16 hits. The winning pitcher, Tobi Stoner, is one of the few Mets prospects having a good season.

In Double-A, Binghamton got clobbered by the Yankees affiliate, 12-2. One of the team's few bright spots, Josh Thole, went 2-3, increasing his average to .354. However, like the Bisons, the B-Mets loiter in last place.

In Brooklyn, the Cyclones opened their season, defeating a Yankees affiliate. The short-season team is well-stocked with players whom the Mets signed before this season.

And the Big Club won another game, thanks to Fernando Nieve. He won despite the fact that Bobby Parnell's decline continues. Yesterday, in two-thirds of an inning, he surrendered a walk, single, and double. In his last 10 games his ERA has ballooned from 2.11 to 3.67. In those games, he's pitched 6.1 innings in which he's given up 11 hits and six earned runs. Don't be surprised if he's soon returned to Triple-A and replaced by Arturo Lopez.

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