Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 4/27/12

During the New York Mets 5-2 victory over the Miami Marlins on Wednesday night, Jon Rauch retired two of the three batters he faced before handing the ball over to Bobby Parnell to complete the scoreless frame; picking up his third hold of the season:

Prior to the game, manager Terry Collins appeared on the Mike Francesa show and said the following about the right hander:

Photo taken by Michael Baron

He’s fearless.  He goes out there and believes in what he can do. He’s not 95 [MPH] he just makes pitches.  Again, when you walk out there with the confidence Jon Rauch has you get people out. …Those tall guys, hitters don’t see that very much.  That angle that that ball is coming out of. And, when you locate some pitches like Jon’s been locating they don’t take very good swings.”

Rauch has been one of the main reasons for the Mets bullpen success as the 6’11″ reliever has been absolutely brilliant for NY thus far.  Over 11 appearances, Rauch is tied with a team high three wins and three holds.  The 33-year-old has turned in ten scoreless innings of work on the year, allowing just four hits, with one walk, while striking out four:

To top it off, Rauch appears to be as excited as anyone about what the Mets have been able to accomplish, routinely interacting with teammates and fans on Twitter as he did after New York completed their sweep of the Marlins yesterday in dramatic fashion.

What a series! Great at bat by @redturn2 to keep the inning goin and a huge hit by Kirk! Great pitching all around! On to Colorado – #LGM April 26, 2012 4:29 pm via Twitter for iPhoneReplyRetweetFavorite @jrauch60 Jon Rauch

From his attitude to his performance, I’m loving what Rauch is bringing to the back end of this bullpen and hope he continue to bridge the gap to Frank Francisco or fill in when his former Blue Jay teammate needs a hand or a day off.



Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Mark Sanchez says it ‘crazy’ to call Chip Kelly racist

Malcolm Butler daring Brady to throw his way in practice

Geno Smith confident worst is behind him and the Jets

Ronda Rousey knocks out Bethe Correia in 34 seconds

Von Miller earns dismissal from NFL’s drug program


Ian Kennedy watches birth of daughter on FaceTime before start

Matt Williams wants Bryce Harper to stop getting ejected

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Larry Lucchino stepping down as Red Sox CEO

Las Vegas Mob Museum to open FIFA corruption exhibit

Does NFL have a motive to settle with Tom Brady?

Tennessee fan recreates Neyland Stadium in backyard

Lolo Jones: I could last at least a minute against Rousey

Bears have very strict rules for media during training camp

Jamaal Charles: I feel like I'm the LeBron James of football

Ronda Rousey: I'll fight Cyborg if she stops taking steroids

Danny Garcia beats Paulie Malignaggi, remains undefeated

Bobby Wagner, Seahawks agree to contract extension

Blount won't talk about reported failed conditioning test

Greg Hardy helps pay Cowboys fans to fly anti-Eagles banner

Report: 7-foot Aussie center to join Kentucky's 2015 class

Jack Del Rio: Crabtree ‘stood out’ at first Raiders camp practice

Browns owner: ‘We haven’t given up on Johnny Manziel’

All Sports News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Sanchez: It's 'crazy' to call Chip racist

Ronda Rousey calls out Cyborg

Five most underrated players in the NFL

Five potential NFL salary cap casualties this preseason

Winners and losers of the 2015 MLB trade deadline

Pirates do Pirates at deadline: Neat little moves

Mets acquire Cespedes from Tigers

Ranking the NFL’s 32 head coaches

Five worst baseball trades since 2000

Examining the state of the NFL

Puig: Broke out of slump by playing baseball video games

Braves dump risk, exchange it for risk

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Follow Yardbarker