Found May 17, 2012 on MetsOnline:

The News:

The Mets designated RHP D.J. Carrasco for assignment.

— New York Mets (@Mets) May 17, 2012

The Mets recalled LHP Robert Carson from Binghamton (AA). He had a 1.84 ERA with 1 save in 12 games for the BMets.

— New York Mets (@Mets) May 17, 2012

My Take:

Carrasco started the season on the disabled list, but recently re-joined the team. He made his 2012 major league debut on May 9. He allowed a run and two hits in an inning pitched. His next outing whent better, pitching a scoreless inning. However, it only went downhill from there. Carrasco allowed a solo homerun in one out pitched yesterday, and then he came in and allowed three runs off of six hits, including two homeruns. Basically, Carrasco allowed six runs and twelve hits in 7 1/3 innings pitched this season.

To put that into perspective, Carrasco allowed just 68 hits in 78 1/3 innings pitched back in 2010. He was 3-2 with a 3.68 ERA that season. Since then, Carrasco has been awful. Sandy Alderson signed him to a two-year, $2.4 million contract before the 2011 season.

The Mets chipped away at some of their problems by making this move.

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First off, D.J. Carrasco is unfortunately not nearly as good as he used to be. The Mets could not afford having him take up a roster spot. By designating Carrasco for assignment, the solved that problem

Tim Byrdak has been used way too much this season. The Mets have played in many close games this season, against teams with solid lefties in their lineups. Tim Byrdak has done a solid job getting these guys out.

However, Byrdak has already played in 22 out of the team’s first 37 games of the season. He is on pace to appear in about 96 games in 2012. There’s absolutely no way that Byrdak will actually play that many games. However, if Terry Collins doesn’t start giving Byrdak more rest. The Byrd man could get tired sooner rather than later.Remember Pedro Feliciano? Similar situation.

The Mets have added Rob Carson. Carson is a left-handed relief pitcher–something the Mets desperately need. The only problem is that Carson has never appeared in any games above the Double-A level. Before this season, Robert Carson was unsuccessful when facing Double-A hitters. He had an 8.32 ERA when he first joined Double-A Binghamton in 10 games in 2010. In 2011, he started 24 games and pitched in relief in another one. He finished last season 4-11 with a 5.05 ERA.

Before this season, Carson was seen as a starter. But, he has completely transformed as a reliever.

The bottom line is this: Carrasco is not good anymore, Byrdak will be overworked soon, the Mets’ bullpen is terrible, the Mets need another lefty in their terrible bullpen, and Robert Carson has dominated Double-A hitters. The question is: Can Carson dominate big league hitters? There’s definitely a pretty big jump from Double-A Binghamton to the New York Mets. It’ll be interesting to see how Carson handles the situation at hand.

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