Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Who Is Jeremi Gonzalez?
(Mets Need A Pitcher, Not A Belly Itcher)

During tonight's SNY broadcast, it was announced that journeyman Jeremi Gonzalez will be called up from AAA to start Friday vs. Milwaukee, followed by Jose Lima on Satuday, and Pedro on Sunday.

Gonzalez has a lifetime record of 26-33, and an ERA of 4.84. Originally drafted by the Cubs back in 1991, his most successful season came in his rookie season of 1997, when he went 11-9 for Chicago. In his last full season as a starter, in 2003 for Tampa Bay, he went 6-11, but posted a 3.91 ERA. After going 0-5 in 8 starts in 2004, he became a reliever, appearing in 28 games for Boston in 2005, starting 3 of those games, posting a 6-11 ERA. Excited for Friday yet?

In six starts for AAA Norfolk, Gonzalez has managed a 3.03 ERA, with 30 strikeouts in just under 36 innings pitched.

As a pitcher, Gonzalez mixes it up with a few different breaking balls, two different fast balls, and a changeup. Paul LoDuca will like his quick delivery, helping to cut down on the running game.

With Gonzalez and Lima earning starts after injuries to Bannister, Zambrano and Maine, Adam Rubin writes that Aaron Heilman is still wondering when it will be his turn.

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