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I am curious as to what you may think about the Mets calling up Eddie Kunz to help fill the void in the bullpen left by JJ Putz. I think Kunz in the seventh and Parnell in the eighth could be a very good combination. Also, the seventh inning role could be a low pressure environment for Kunz to gain some more major league experience. He seems to be pitching well in Buffalo, last I checked his ERA was under 3.0. And if there is no chance Kunz gets a call up, why isn't he closing games for the Bisons?
Kunz's problem primary - exposed at the end of the 2008 season - was his subpar command. He still has a big league pitch - a nasty sinker, and a slider that's effective against righties. His second problem was that he lacked any real second weapon against MLB lefties. The two big numbers to watch for Kunz are not ERA: rather, they're K/BB ratio (an indicator of command) and L/R splits.
Kunz's K/BB ratio is a rather pedestrian 1.4 (23/16). Moreover, it's driven by one good month: June. His K/BB was 9/7 in April, 6/7 in May and is 8/2 in June, driven by a 4 K, no walk performance on the sixth.
Lefties (.265/.362/.408) continue to do much better against Kunz who's still throttling righties (.164/.263/.239).
He's not closing in AAA because when the mets do call him up to NY, he won't be closing for the Mets either. They want to see him warm up multiple times in a game, throw more than one innings, and become comfortable entering the game with runners on-base.
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