Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 11/18/14
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Lefty reliever Tim Byrdak underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery to repair his torn meniscus and will be out for a minimum of six weeks. Last season, his first year with the Mets, Byrdak posted a 3.82 ERA and a 1.407 WHIP. That performance so overwhelmed the team’s brass that they rushed out and signed the 38 year old to a contract for 2012. Now the team is scrambling to find his replacement. Let’s get one thing stated up front – Byrdak’s performance last year was nothing special and it was amassed in a trivial amount of innings. The average ERA for an NL pitcher last year was 3.81 and it was 3.59 for league relievers. So from a quality standpoint, we are talking about a below-average reliever. Then you add in that he pitched just 37.2 innings, which equals 2.6 percent of the Mets’ 1448 IP, and you see what an insignificant loss this is. Last year Byrdak had a bWAR of 0.2, meaning he was essentially a replacement-level pitcher. To make matters worse, what success Byrdak did...
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