The New York Mets today announced that they have recalled right-handed pitcher Manny Acosta from Buffalo (AAA) of the International League. In a corresponding roster move, right-handed pitcher Fernando Nieve was designated for assignment after last night’s game. Acosta will wear uniform #36 and will be available for tonight’s game at Los Angeles.
Acosta, 29, went 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 12 games with the Mets earlier this year. In 12.0 innings, he allowed eight hits, four runs, earned, with eight walks and 14 strikeouts. He was not scored upon in his last seven appearances with the Mets, spanning 6.2 innings. Acosta was with the Mets from April 21-May 22.
The righthander was 2-3 with five saves and a 3.47 ERA (14 earned runs/36.1 innings) with 36 strikeouts in 28 games with Buffalo this season.
The 6-4, 170-pounder is 6-8 with three saves and a 3.50 ERA in 115 career major league games with the Mets and Atlanta Braves. In 126.0 innings, he’s allowed 113 hits, 54 runs, 49 earned, with 67 walks and 99 strikeouts. Acosta went 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 36 games for the Braves in 2009.
Nieve, 28, was 2-4 with a 6.00 ERA in 40 games for the Mets this year. In 42.0 innings, he allowed 37 hits, 28 runs, earned, with 22 walks and 38 strikeouts.
How Nieve’s star has fallen as his ERA has skyrocketed. He used to be Jerry Manuel’s go-to guy out of the bullpen for the first two months of the season with many dubbing him Nightly Nieve. It must’ve taken a toll as his ERA went from a season low 2.81 on May 3 to 6.0 last night. In eight of his appearances, Nieve had allowed two or more runs and five runs in two of those.
So, do you think this is a case of Manuel burning out one of his relievers or was Nieve just not that good to begin with?