Buffalo Notes from the Weekend

I’m not going to go through every game from Memorial Day weekend, when I had my mom in town and got myself really sick with a bad cold.  Instead we’ll go through some storylines that I care about for each affiliate.  Buffalo first.

Mark Cohoon’s AAA Debut
Monday: W, 5 IP, 7 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 2 BB, 1 K, 1 HR.  Cohoon allowed a three-run homer in the fourth to account for most of the damage.  He did not work a single 1-2-3 inning.

Cohoon picked up that lovely W thanks to a 17-hit day from the Bisons offense, including a two-double performance by RF Fernando Martinez (.296/.363/.493).


Duda’s Back!
The big guy is 5-for-10 with two home runs, four runs scored, three RBI and two walks against three strikeouts in his return from his 20-day DL stint thanks to a lower back strain.
Duda is currently hitting .269/.389/.473 in 28 games in Buffalo this year.  If he gets going and returns to his 2010 form, could he fit on the Mets roster?  The answer here is yes.

With Angel Pagan’s return and two other backup CF on the roster, Jason Pridie’s days be numbered?  Pridie is hitting just .239/.320/.413 overall, and is a complete liability against lefties (2-for-15 in the big leagues this year, .220/.238/.244 in 41 AB in Buffalo last year and .247/.285/.364 in 154 AB in his last full minor league season with Rochester in 2009).  Duda surely isn’t the defender that Pridie is, but well, he can hit.

Also, Jason Bay is hitting .241/.328/.328.  Yes, there are something like $47 million reasons to keep playing him (the prorated portion of his contract), but when is enough enough?

Also, when did left fielders stop hitting?  Seriously.  MLB left fielders have combined to hit .249/.317/.396 this year.  And remarkably, Mets left fielders have combined to fall short of that mark at .226/.317/.326.


Still no Nieuwenhuis
Kirk Nieuwenhuis is still day-to-day with a shoulder injury he sustained making this diving catch.  He hasn’t played since Tuesday.

The Bisons have won four games in a row and now have a AAA-caliber lineup again with recent imports including Jason Botts, Bubba Bell, Luis Figueroa and Valentino Pascucci in addition to the returns of Martinez and Duda.

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