Originally posted on Mets Fever  |  Last updated 6/14/12
Photo by Miguel Batista ***Post was started prior to today's game and while one game doesn't determine his effectiveness without making mention of the timing the post no longer seemed to make sense***

Many were left scratching their heads when Terry Collins indicated that Miguel Batista could be used in a late inning role(source ESPN NY), when he was discussing the shake-up in the bullpen.

Until 2002 the journeyman pitcher mainly served as a swing man, making double digit starts and coming out of the pen for multiple inning relief appearances each season.  Eight seasons into his career the D-Backs would begin using him as a starter and for the next three seasons he would  make at least 29 starts and pitch 180 innings.

A bad back would get him demoted to the Jays pen in 2005 and he would record 31 saves while blowing eight chances with an ERA of 4.10, he struck out 54 in 74 innings while walking 27.

The signing of B.J. Ryan made Batista expendable and he was traded back to the D-Backs where he returned to the rotation with a healthy back.  The Mets aren't the first team since 2005 to flirt with using Batista in a late inning role.

In 2009 the Mariners brought him to camp to compete for the closers role ( source MLB.com) he didn't win the closers role but pitched in Seattle's pen that season and of his 56 relief appearances 18 were game finishes with one save to a 4.04 ERA.  The next season the Nats used him as a reliever and recorded 18 game finishes in 57 relief appearances which included two saves with a 3.70 ERA.

Last season before coming to the Mets Batista was in the Cards camp as a closer candidate. He didn't end up winning the position but here's what was said about him during spring training...

Thrown into the role late in 2004, Batista converted five saves in seven games for the Blue Jays. Once he re-claimed the job the next spring, Batista had 31 saves, eight blown saves and a 5-8 record in 71 appearances in 2005. He finished the year with a 4.10 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 54 strikeouts in 74 2/3 innings. Six of his losses came in the second half of the season, when opponents started walking more (.372 on-base percentage) and slugging much better (.476, up from .327). From Aug. 23 to Sept. 19, Batista blew four of his nine save opportunities. (I mention that merely to add perspective to Franklin's recent run.) In many ways, when Batista was at his best as a closer he was a lot like Franklin at his best, a wily contact closer:

-- In April 2005, Batista collected 21 groundball outs and three strikeouts in 10 innings while converting six of seven save opportunities.

-- In April 2010, Franklin had 18 groundball outs and three strikeouts in 10 innings while converting seven of seven save opportunities. source St Louis Today
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

McCarthy discusses 'urgency’ to win another title with Rodgers

Report: Lions extend CB Darius Slay with $50 million deal

Adam Jones: Bengals dominated Steelers in playoff game

Robert Griffin III on QB battle: Only one of us runs 4.3

Gordon defends friendship with 'good friend' Manziel

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Geno Smith ‘kind of pissed off’ about Ryan Fitzpatrick’s return

Bell admits he knew about missed drug test, lied to media

Report: Chargers rookie Joey Bosa to hold out of camp

Doc Rivers blames ‘bloggers’ for Blake Griffin trade rumors

Jason Peters: Eagles practiced too much under Chip Kelly

Report: Giants’ Victor Cruz cleared to practice

Crowell still making amends for controversial Instagram post

Report: LeBron urged Justin Bieber not to perform at RNC

Luck refutes Matt Hasselbeck’s assertion he never showers

Newspaper editor explains use of Jordan meme for MJ article

Five NFL teams set to underachieve in 2016

WATCH: Belichick gets annoyed by Jimmy Garoppolo question

Ronda Rousey denies being pregnant despite rumor

Eight most overpaid offensive players in NFL

Giants acquire All-Star Eduardo Nunez from the Twins

Vikings QB injured trying to kick open door

Josh Gordon thankful for support from Browns

Report: Seahawks DE Chris Clemons retiring

MLB 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.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Everything that's already gone wrong at the Rio Olympics

Amar'e Stoudemire's presence (and absence) changed the NBA

We asked Team USA: What other Olympic sport would you play?

Why Gary Bettman's CTE denial is cause for concern for NHL

WATCH: Inside the Nike SNKRS BOX in SF for Golden Air Celebration

WATCH: Five other uniforms Chris Sale should cut up

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker