New York Mets 2009 Rundown: Tim Redding

Andrew WhartonCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2009

2008 Stats (Was)

33 GS, 10-11, 4.95 ERA, 182 IP, 120 SO, 1.429 WHIP, .275/.340/.449 vs. Hitters

In 2008 with the Washington Nationals, Tim Redding was anything but stellar. In fact, he was about the equivalent of a No. 5 starter on any other team in the majors. However, because the Nationals tend to run very thin on starting pitching, Redding was considered the ace of their staff.  Not good.

After being acquired by the New York Mets in the 2008 offseason, Redding looks to prove himself as a decent back-end pitcher in 2009. This is interesting because they are taking a guy who wasn't expected to do too much on a last place team and putting him on a potential championship team, in front of his friends and family in New York.  Who knows what kind of dividends this low-risk type deal could pay for the Mets?

Redding will come into Spring Training battling for a job in the Mets' rotation with guys like Jon Niese and Freddy Garcia. The most likely scenario seems to be that Redding will initially win the job to allow Niese some time in AAA Buffalo to start the season.  However, given some time to work on things in the minors, Niese should see his way to New York sometime before the All-Star break to take over the No. 5 spot, moving Tim Redding to the bullpen as a long-relief man.  

Anybody who expects a lot out of Redding is crazy, but given his current situation compared to his last, he could help the Mets here and there, simply because he has shown great success against the Phillies.

Prediction:

13 GS, 5-4, 4.45 ERA, 73 IP, 42 SO, 1.425 WHIP, .270/.338/.445 vs. Hitters

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