The last outing was good actually until they tried to stretch him out a bit too much and he got bombed in his last inning where he was obviously tired. Personally I think he might be a good back end rotation guy, but he definitely seems like a solid 2 inning middle reliever at the very least.
He was a basically a six-inning starter in Japan for the last few years. I liked him as a reliever because I thought his screwball/sinker would be an out pitch, but I’ve always seen his durability as a question mark.
If your watching alot of Mets games, Takahashi is a breath of fresh air from the stench that is Oliver Perez. They are almost complete opposites; Perez has fantastic looking “stuff” but no control and a 2 cent head on the mound, where as Takahashi’s pitches are less impressive at first look but he attacks the strike zone and has great instincts on how to make the best of his pitches. He should stick in the rotation as long as the alternatives are John Maine and Oliver Perez, because he is clearly better than both.
Maine is due back next week. it’ll be interesting to see what happens. I have a feeling that there’s no way dicky’s going anywhere, but this next start for Tak may determine if he stays in the rotation, or if he goes back to the pen….
The last start was really weird. He was clearly tiring in the sixth, but the Ross home run was a pop-up that carried down the line in the crazy weather (NYC was under a tornado watch for the whole game).
His HR rate was due for some regression anyway, and I’m not entirely sure he can consistently get righties out. But he is death on lefties and is probably well-suited to the multiple inning relief/swingman role he was in before. I would actually like to see them pair him with Maine in a dual starting role, but god knows Manuel would never do something like that.
If Maine starts again, something near me is going to break. Just because he is due back doesn’t mean he is ready back. HOPEFULLY, the Mets are smart and put him in the pen and trade for someone like Millwood and sent Taka to join Maine in the bullpen and we can send Mejia down and, unless Ryota has turned it around, him down too.