Have no fear! After the Mets released Jose Lobatòn, no other team cared so he’s back on his way to Queens!
The Mets announced today that they have designated relief pitcher Scott Copeland (the only Met reliever to not allow a run last night against the Cubs) for assignment. In a corresponding move, they called up Jose Lobatòn.
On May 19th, the Mets actually designated Jose Lobatòn for assignment. No one wanted him, so he passed through waivers. So, that’s the guy the Mets decide to call back up in a year where they are “contending.”
Devin Mesoraco was hit by a Javier Baez back swing last night. I pray that a trip to the disabled list isn’t coming. But, for the sake of argument, let’s just take things at face value.
The rationale behind the move is that the Mets are set to face three lefty pitchers in a row. They have been awful against lefties this season. The man the Mets have playing first base is not allowed to play against lefties. Wilmer Flores is hurt so they are going to play Kevin Plawecki at first base. Hence the three catchers.
Okay. Kevin Plawecki has reverse splits against lefties. More importantly, HE’S NOT A FIRST BASEMAN! Also, the Mets have someone in Binghamton who is absolutely tearing the cover off the ball.
Peter Alonso is near the top of the Eastern League in almost every statistical category. Through 50 games with Double-A Binghamton this season, Alonso, 23, is hitting .333/.460/.632 with 14 home runs and 42 RBI across 213 plate appearances.
A few weeks ago, the Washington Nationals called up their stud outfielder, Juan Soto. He is 19 years old.
The Mets call up Jose Lobatòn.