In tonight’s win against the Colorado Rockies Hisanori Takahashi pitched a perfect 8th inning for his second hold of the season. The performance was a site for sore eyes and as Keith Hernandez pointed out during the broadcast, it goes to show that nothing phases Hisanori. He just goes out and does whatever the team asks of him and more often than not, does it well.
The relief appearance likely means Takahashi will not make his scheduled start this coming Saturday at home vs. Philadelphia. Adam Rubin of ESPN New York suggests that fellow lefty Pat Misch may be called up from Triple-A Buffalo to take his place (click here to read full story):
Left-hander Pat Misch was pulled after tossing five scoreless innings from Triple-A Buffalo’s game at Lehigh Valley, the Phillies’ Triple-A affiliate. Misch had only thrown 55 pitches, signaling he could be brought back on short rest and make his 2010 Mets debut on Saturday. That would allow the Mets to keep Hisanori Takahashi in the bullpen.”
Misch has done a great job for the Bisons for some time now and I think this move is somewhat overdue. With his performance Monday the 28-year old improved to 10-4 and lowered his ERA to 3.23:
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