Tim Redding makes his Mets debut tonight, so let's look at a few of the reasons he is better than Livan Hernandez. Redding pitched 13 innings on the mend for Buffalo and here are some good things that happened in that extremely small sample size:
Redding demonstrated good control, walking just two and getting a high percentage of called strikes. That's important, as his stuff is pretty average across the board (hence the low swinging strikes). Is it just a small sample size fluke? Or Redding pounding the zone against inferior competition? Both, maybe, but it's something to watch for, as his best seasons have been those when keeps his walks down to reasonable levels.