Poor Tim Byrdak.
The Mets sent their only other lefty out of the pen, Robert Carson, down to Triple-A on Friday, and called up Jack Egbert.
Egbert is a former starter who has had some success out of the bullpen for Buffalo. And the Mets are trying lots of different arms, seeing who can catch fire and help them. Makes sense.
Meanwhile, Tim Byrdak is on pace to appear in just under 94 games this season. And while those games where he warms up but doesn’t pitch don’t count in the box score, they are pitches his arm actually throws.
Let’s all say a prayer for Byrdak tonight, who has been absolutely brilliant so far, but could sure stand to use another lefty to help him with, say, the second most important left-handed batter in each game.
Egbert, meanwhile, went to Rutgers, after starring at Rutherford High School in Rutherford, NJ. So he’d be a nice local kid makes good pitcher to pair with Whitestone’s Own Mike Baxter.