Control issues doom O'Connor
June, 2, 2011
By Ian Begley | ESPNNewYork.com
He said before Wednesday's game that O'Connor just wasn’t making his pitches in recent appearances.
A few hours later, the Mets optioned O'Connor to Triple-A Buffalo.
According to ESPNNewYork.com's Adam Rubin, reliever Manny Acosta is expected to fill O'Connor's roster spot.
Acosta is 1-0 with a 1.86 ERA in 19 appearances in Triple-A Buffalo.
O'Connor went 0-1 with a 2.70 ERA in nine appearances with the Mets. Admittedly, the left-hander struggled to throw strikes in the past week. He surmised that his lack of control was the primary reason the Mets sent him down.
"The last week I hadn't been throwing enough strikes, I know that," O'Connor said.
He fully expects another shot to pitch with the big club at some point in 2011.
"I'm going to go out and pitch and do everything I can to get back," O'Connor said.