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Ex-Met Misch headed to Japan

Pat Misch pitches for the New York Mets in 2009 (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

The Milwaukee Brewers have released former New York Mets pitcher Pat Misch from a minor league contract to allow him to pursue an opportunity in Japan with the Orix Buffaloes, the team announced via Twitter.

Edit: YakyuBaka reports that the Orix Buffaloes have announced an agreement with Misch, with a press conference scheduled for Feb. 24.

Misch, now 34, last pitched in the majors with the Mets from 2009-2011. Since leaving the Mets, he has pitched for two area teams, the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (Triple-A, Philadelphia Phillies organization in 2012) and the Lancaster Barnstormers (independent, in 2015.)

Misch has also played in more exotic locales, such as Santurce in the Puerto Rican Winter League in 2014 and Lamigo in the Chinese Professional Baseball League last season.

Baseball America‘s John Manuel spoke with Misch about the memorable way he finished the season. Misch appeared in four of the seven games of the championship series, and threw a no-hitter in the final game.

“They asked me after the game if I could start Game Seven,” he said. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ I couldn’t sleep that night. My body felt great; my arm felt great. I just kept thinking, there’s no way we’re losing this game. I had no thought to pace myself. I just felt so good.”

“Absolutely, it was the best game I’ve ever pitched.”

It’s going to be tough to top that, but I hope Misch continues to enjoy success in 2016.

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Much ado about little: Carrasco, Collins add drama to 8-0 Mets loss

It probably would have been better if tonight’s game between the New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers had gotten rained out.

DJ Carrasco
D.J. Carrasco is 1-3 with a 6.45 ERA since signing with the New York Mets before last season began. (Photo credit: Paul Hadsall)

Dillon Gee pitched about as well as I expected Miguel Batista to yesterday, allowing seven runs in 5 1/3 innings. Travis Ishikawaa backup first baseman known mainly for his glove, hit two home runs – it was the first multi-home run game of his career.

The high point of the game for the Mets was David Wright going 2-for-2 to raise his batting average to a National League-leading .408.

The Brewers’ third home run of the evening prevented this game from being another forgettable loss. Or rather, it was what happened after Rickie Weeks crushed a pitch from D.J. Carrasco to put Milwaukee up 8-0.

On the very next pitch, Carrasco plunked Ryan Braun and home plate umpire Gary Darling ejected him. Carrasco says that it was unintentional… I suppose I believe him, but I’m not sure that makes it better.

If Carrasco hit Braun on purpose, it means he let his temper get the better of him. He put his teammates at risk for retaliation and he forced Terry Collins to turn to another relief pitcher he would have preferred to rest. If Carrasco hit Braun by accident, it means he has no idea where the baseball is going once it leaves his hand. Either way, I’m left to wonder why Carrasco is still employed by the New York Mets.

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And that’s why they play the game…

I did not expect the Mets to find a way to score three runs on just three hits.

I did not expect Miguel Batista to pitch seven shutout innings.

I did not expect Frank Francisco to get a save chance tonight.

did expect him to find a way to blow it once he did.

The Mets defied my expectations at every turn. (Though new “Frankie” seemed like he wanted to live up to them.)

This is why the 2012 Mets are fun to watch, even though they sometimes manage to frustrate.