By Mike Steffanos
With multiple sources confirming that the Mets and pitcher Tim Redding have agreed to a one-year deal, it would seem that there is no room left at the inn for Pedro Martinez -- assuming the Mets will sign Derek Lowe or Ollie Perez to be their fourth starter.
I know there are a lot of folks that wanted to see Pedro move on as a sort of a page-turner on the last couple of seasons, but I would have liked to have seen him come back on a 1-year deal to compete for the fifth starter job.
Redding is an interesting guy. He had 15 fairly solid starts for the Nats 2 years ago, and had a 3.85 ERA in 20 starts last season before the break. He was awful after that with a 6.82 ERA in 13 starts, but apparently that was at least partly due to some nagging injuries.
In his Surfing the Mets blog, Adam Rubin had some fairly amazing numbers sent to him by a reader suggesting that Brian Schneider was tipping pitches. Check out the numbers comparing various pitchers with Schneider catching vs. Castro catching:
SANCHEZ caught by CASTRO 65 ABs, allows 0 HRs and OPP SLUG%=292
SCHNEIDER 108 ABs, allows 6 HRs and OPP SLUG%=454
HEILMAN caught by CASTRO 50 ABs , allows 0 HRs and OPP SLUG%=340
SCHNEIDER 195 ABs, allows 9 HRs and OPP SLUG%=456
FELICIANO caught by CASTRO 36 ABs, allows 0 HRs and OPP SLUG%=306
SCHNEIDER 134 ABs, allows 6 HRs and OPP SLUG%=455
WAGNER caught by CASTRO 49 ABs, allows 0 HRs and OPP SLUG%=204
SCHNEIDER 99 ABs, allows 3 HRs and OPP SLUG%=313
SANTANA caught by CASTRO 333 ABs, allows 6 HRs and OPP SLUG%=297
SCHNEIDER 524 ABs, allows 15 HRs and OP SLUG%=401
PEDRO M caught by CASTRO 138 ABs, allows 2 HRs and OPP SLUG%=377
SCHNEIDER 185 ABs, allows 15 HRs and OPP SLUG%=600!!!!!
Given that many fans don't care much for Schneider as it is, this is not going to help. Frankly, those numbers are so stark they speak for themselves, and at the very least someone needs to figure out what Schneider is doing to give away pitches.
The reader who sent Rubin this info, a statistics professor, is a partner in a company that does sports statistical analysis. Perhaps the Mets might want to give them a call, as it amazes me that no one else picked up on this.