Two seasons ago Pedro Feliciano led baseball by pitching in 86 games and last season he bumped his MLB-leading appearance count up to 88. It turns out, he was just getting warmed up.
Last night Feliciano appeared in his 91st game of the year for the Mets, becoming just the fifth pitcher in baseball history with 90 or more appearances in a season.
Here’s the list of 90-game pitchers:
PEDRO FELICIANO 2010
Salomon Torres 2006
Kent Tekulve 1978, 1979, 1987
Mike Marshall 1973, 1974, 1979
Wayne Granger 1969
Mike Marshall is the only pitcher to ever appear in 100 or more games in a season, logging an insane 208.1 innings in a ridiculous 106 appearances for the Dodgers in 1974. He finished 83 of those games, posting 15 victories with 21 saves and a 2.42 ERA, and received the Cy Young award.
Feliciano is a left-handed specialist, so he’s logged just 61.2 innings in his 91 appearances this season and a total of 174.1 innings in 265 appearances over the past three years. On the other hand, he has a 3.41 ERA during that span and given that he has Jerry Manuel as his manager you can be certain Feliciano has warmed up well over 100 times this season, which is pretty impressive.
The Mets have begun working outfielder Jay Bruce and second baseman Neil Walker at first base as potential insurance in the event Lucas Duda continues to experience back discomfort, Mike Puma of the New York Post reports. Duda has been sidelined recently due to back spasms and missed all but 47 games last season as a result of a stress fracture in his lower back.
Manager Terry Collins spoke about Bruce’s work at first base on Sunday, saying, “I liked everything I saw today. “It looks like he’s got the athleticism, he’s got the hands, he’s got the arm angle. He made some throws in our drills that you wouldn’t expect an outfielder to be able to make, but yet he does. If that’s where we have to go, I think we’ll be fine.”
Bruce has only three games’ worth of experience at first base at the major league level, but still has high expectations for himself. He said, “I am going to work at it. I want to give myself a chance and the team a chance. I am not going to go over there and be a butcher. It’s just not the way I go about my business on the baseball field and it wouldn’t be fair to the team if I wasn’t capable to do it, so I am going to work at it and we’ll see what happens.”
The Mets made Bruce available via trade over the offseason but didn’t get an offer that whet their appetite. As a result, Michael Conforto appears to be the odd man out in the Mets’ crowded outfield.
Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis has been diagnosed with a strained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, MLB.com’s Jordan Bastian reports. Kipnis has received a cortisone shot and will be shut down from throwing for the next four to five days.
There’s a lot of spring left, so it’s perfectly sensible for the Indians to play it safe with their star player. The club already had Kipnis on a shoulder strengthening program.
Kipnis, 29, helped the Indians to the playoffs after batting .275/.343/.469 with 23 home runs, 92 RBI, 91 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases in 688 plate appearances during the regular season last year. He then helped the Indians reach Game 7 of the World Series against the Cubs, where they were eventually stopped, as he provided a .741 OPS including four homers and eight RBI in 15 playoff games.