Spelling Relief

The sudden and shattering unavailability of Billy Wagner 13 the other night, not to mention weeks of white-knuckle performance from the other guys in the bullpen, prompted the club to reach down and call up Carlos Muniz, who’d been most recently closing games for Class AA Binghamton. Muniz, likely to be tucked deeper in the drawer than even Phillip Humber 49, was issued No. 38, according to the roster at Mets.com. If he gets into a game he’ll be the 28th 38 in team history and the first since Victor Zambrano. Bullpen candidate Steve Schmoll wore 38 during spring training this season but he seems to have gone missing.

Muniz whiffed 66 guys in 64+ innings in AA and AAA this season, posting 23 saves and a 2.24 ERA. “If we need him, we’ll use him,” sez Willie. Just might.

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One comment

  1. Jon Springer says:

    So wow, the only number from 1-56 not being used is #8 (and the retired numbers of 14, 37, 41, 42).

    What are the Mets holding onto #8 for? :shrug:

    Comment by Richard :: September 22, 2007 @ 11:53 am

    They have not issued 8 since Desi Relaford. Then Gary Carter was inducted in the Hall of Fame and worked in the organization. They seemed to be holding it in case he became a coach. I don’t think Carter is in the organization anymore, so who knows why they won’t give it out.

    Comment by Matt :: September 22, 2007 @ 1:10 pm

    Yeah, I think they’re unofficially mothballing it for Carter.

    Comment by admin :: September 23, 2007 @ 4:48 am

    #31 is also unused currently.

    Comment by Chris :: September 23, 2007 @ 5:19 pm

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