Welcome to the show, Josh Thole

Posted: September 3, 2009 in Mets

OK, so I’ve been a little unreliable on posting to the blog lately. But for once, something positive happened in Metsland so I figured I’d share. Josh Thole, who was batting .328 at Double-A Binghamton, recently earned his first trip to the big leagues. After sitting on the bench for two days while “studs” Omir Santos and Brian Schneider looked typically inept, Thole got his first start in this afternoon’s game with the Rockies. Thole singled to right in his first at-bat and later stole a base (he was stranded when pitcher Pat Misch hit into an inning-ending double play). Thole later doubled in the ninth, making him 2-for-5 in his first big-league start. Also hit the ball hard in his second AB, a lineout to center. Thole isn’t much of a power hitter (he hit just one homer at Double-A) but has a nice line-drive stroke. He chokes up on the bat and appears able to hit the ball where it’s pitched. He doesn’t strike out much and seems to work the count pretty well. And oh yeah, the Mets won 8-3 to salvage a game against the Rockies. Seems the best the Mets do these days is take one of three. They’re 60-74 and have the ninth-worst record in the bigs. Come on boys, a few more losses and you can bypass Oakland (59-74), Toronto (59-74), Cleveland (58-75) and San Diego (59-76) with an outside shot of catching Pittsburgh (53-79) and Baltimore (54-80). A top 5 pick in next year’s draft would help ease the pain of a horrendous season. But if Omar is making the pick, they might as well win a few more games. Just wish Manuel would give Nick Evans and Thole more starts. If we’re going to follow bad baseball, we might as well do it with young guys and not Fernando Tatis, Wilson Valdez and Schneider.
HATS OFF TO MISCH: Take a bow Pat Misch, you finally earned that first major-league win. A second straight quality start for Misch, who went seven strong innings today. Don’t expect much from this guy, but it’s nice to see a journeyman finally have a bit of success.

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