Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 9/21/12
The less said about Thursday’s loss to the Phillies the better but one of the few bright spots was another scoreless outing by Manny Acosta. Since being recalled on July 24th, Acosta has a 1.83 ERA with 18 Ks in 19.2 IP. Walks are always going to be an issue with Acosta but he has kept them in check in this span, having allowed just seven. Combined with a .200 BABIP, it’s led to an impressive 0.864 WHIP. This stands in stark contrast to what Acosta delivered in the first half of the season. Before being designated for assignment – and going unclaimed – Acosta put up an 11.86 ERA and a 2.273 WHIP in 22 IP before being mercifully sent out of town. So – what has been the big difference? Obviously, his BABIP has decreased tremendously but another important factor is the gopher ball. Acosta has not allowed a homer since his recall but allowed 6 HR in his first 22 IP. Also, Acosta pitched more than 1.0 IP eight times in the beginning of the year and gave up 15 ER in those games. He has p...
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