Originally posted on Mets Merized Online  |  Last updated 8/30/12
When the Mets signed Jon Rauch who was coming off one of his worst seasons in his career, there may have been none that were more critical of giving him a $3.5 million dollar guaranteed contract than I was. In fact, at the time and considering how little money we had to spend, I still say it was a questionable move for a pitcher who was expeted to provide middle relief and occasional setup opportunities. But the beauty of this game is that sometimes you just get lucky. Rauch did little to disprove my initial thoughts after chugging along to the tune of a 4.02 ERA in the first half that included a 4.50 ERA in June and an unsightly 5.56 ERA in May. Honestly, it looked like bust city for the man with the dragon tattoo. But suddenly, things started to come together for the 6 foot, 11 inch right-hander when the calendar turned to July. In 11 appearances, Rauch posted a scintillating 1.17 ERA, and as we close out the month of August his ERA now stands at 0.93 in 14 appearances which incl...
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