Thursday, August 29, 2013
Torres proving valuable in rotation, relief
By Adam Rubin
NEW YORK -- Carlos Torres noted one challenge of bouncing between starting and relief roles:
“Today I forgot that I could go from the windup, and I ended up going from the stretch a couple of times,” he said.
Torres did not have many other slip-ups Thursday. He took a scoreless effort into the seventh inning and ultimately limited the Philadelphia Phillies to one run in 6 2/3 innings in an 11-3 win at Citi Field.
Torres improved to 3-2 with a 2.77 ERA for the season, which includes four starts and 23 relief appearances.
“I just want to have some kind of value and hopefully be back with this club next year,” Torres said.
The Mets needed the performance after the bullpen had to log 4 2/3 innings Wednesday in relief of Daisuke Matsuzaka.
“It’s an audition every time you go out there and pitch for pretty much everybody, unless you’re on contract,” Torres said. “So, for me, last year I was taken off the roster with the Rockies and out of options. So I’m just trying to show them I’m willing to do anything and everything.”
Torres had not started a game for the Mets since July 28, yet he still managed to contribute 95 pitches Thursday. He and Matsuzaka, despite Dice-K’s struggles, should be in the rotation through September now, with Collins acknowledging there are slim alternatives.
Chris Schwinden, or another minor league pitcher, likely will be used as a sixth starter at points in September.
“I felt all right,” Torres said about Thursday's workload. “ ... It’s the getting up and sitting down that wears on people. I’ve just got to get used to that again.”
Said Collins: “You win with starting pitching. We needed someone to step up. Jon [Niese] pitched a great game. Dillon [Gee] is going to be fine. Zack [Wheeler] has been good. We’ve got to get Daisuke on a roll here. It was good to have Carlos step up, because we don’t know what’s going to happen here in the next couple of weeks.”
As for 2014, Collins added: “I don’t know what the plan is going into next year -- if he would be strictly a bullpen option, or you get to spring training and you’ve got a couple of starters go down, you’ve got that option.
“I think, when he starts the year, certainly he’s a guy that you know if you need that person to go out there and give you two or three innings, he can do it.
“I’ve been very impressed with the way he’s gone about his job because of all the dancing around. That’s still hard. He was supposed to start. We signed Daisuke. We said, 'Hey, you’re not starting today. You’ve got to back him up.' And he just said, 'Fine.' There’s no issues. I think his approach and the way he goes about his job, it’s helped out.”