Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Okay, it's Casey Fossum's first game with the Mets, and he's currently on his way to the mound from the bullpen to relieve (once-again) terrible Ollie Perez, who just walked in a run. As you can deduce from that, Fossum is entering with bases loaded. Dear God! He's doomed.

Let's hope the best....

Go Blade!!!!


Well, he's just thrown 4 pitches. And... well.... none of them were anywhere close...

..at least it wasn't any different from how Ollie Perez was pitching...

He did it!!!

Today the Mets called up LHP Casey Fossum from AAA Buffalo to the Major League club. Here's how I learned this awesome news:

According to a commenter on DRaysBay, Fossum just got called up to the Mets??? And holy crap, he's on their Active Roster!! Yippeeeeeeee!!!!

That's an email I woke up to from Steve. I haven't had a chance to look into it yet, but my guess is this: Nelson Figueroa had to be called up for a spot start over the weekend since Pelfrey was hurt but not hurt enough to go on the DL. To make room on the roster, Darren O'Day (who we got as a Rule 5 pick from the Angels) needed to be designated for assignment. Pelfrey should be healthy enough for his next start, so Figueroa was no longer needed on the big league club. So I'm guessing Fossum is taking his spot on the roster, and O'Day's role with the club as a middle reliever. Not sure, but that's my guess. Whatever the explanation, Woo-Hoo!!!!

Friday, April 17, 2009

A Glorious Day

Today is truly a great day in my life. I just realized that Gameday pitch-by-pitch of minor league games is available at MiLB.com. What does that mean for me? Well, the Buffalo Bisons just started a game against Syracuse, and the starting pitcher for Buffalo is none other than -- you know who -- The Blade!

After one inning, Fossum's hopes for a season-long shutout are shattered: Syracuse leadoff hitter Jorge Padilla doubled to start the game, and scored on an RBI groundout following a Fossum wild pitch. In typical Fossum style, after a couple mistakes leading to a run, he then struck out the next two batters to end the inning. One of those was former Met great Lastings Milledge -- sent down to AAA by the Nationals last week. Fossum continues to please the authors of this blog in so many ways.


Update: Fossum just exited the game with a no-decision. In 6 innings, he allowed one earned run on 3 hits and 3 walks. He also struck out 9 (Lastings Milledge was a victim twice). He threw only 88 pitches. Eddie Kunz has come in to pitch the 7th.

Fossum File

There hasn't been much positive to say about the Mets thus far this season, so I figured I'd give a more uplifting post that's relevant to one of the main themes of this blog:

Casey Fossum has started one game so far for AAA Buffalo. In a no-decision, Fossum tossed 5 innings of scoreless ball while allowing 2 hits and 2 walks. He also struck out 3. With Pelfrey ineffective and possibly injured, and Perez and Maine both inconsistent, is it terribly unreasonable to believe Fossum could break the big league rotation this season? Granted, he's probably behind Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, and even Elmer Dessens on the organizational depth chart, but...... stranger things have happened. The '06 Mets who won the division used over a dozen starting pitchers during the season. So why not? The jersey I have will actually make sense then -- assuming he keeps his number 47 from Spring Training.