Prior to tonight’s game against the Boston Red Sox, the New York Mets made a few changes to their roster. The team announced that they would be calling up Brian Dozier and Daniel Zamora. To make room on their roster, the club placed Eduardo Nunez on the IL and designated Hunter Strickland for assignment.
Dozier, whom the Mets signed on July 22 in order to provide some veteran infield depth to their player pool, will get his chance to make an impression immediately, as he has been inserted into tonight’s lineup at second base in place of Robinson Cano. In 135 games with the Nationals last season, Dozier hit .238/.340/.430 with 20 home runs, 20 doubles, a 99 wRC+, and a 1.7 fWAR. That’s right around on par with his career slash line of .245/.326/.442.
He will take the place of Nunez, who landed on the injured list with a left knee contusion, which he suffered on Sunday night in a loss to the Atlanta Braves. Nunez legged out an infielder single but collided at the first base bag and fell to the ground in pain. While he was able to walk off under his own power, he has not appeared in a game since. He made two appearances so far for New York, picking up the one hit in two plate appearances.
The Mets will look to stabilize their bullpen by adding the left-handed Zamora, who has pitched in parts of the last two seasons for New York. In 17.2 innings, he’s posted a 4.08 ERA, a 3.64 FIP, and a 1.36 WHIP to go along with a 0.2 fWAR. He had a disastrous outing against the Yankees during summer camp on July 18, entering with one out in the ninth and allowing four hits and three earned runs while failing to record an out. He will become the third lefty in the team’s pen, joining Justin Wilson and Chasen Shreve.
Hunter Strickland appeared in three games for New York and did not impress. Over 2.1 innings of work, he was charged with four runs (three earned) on six hits with two strikeouts. The unearned runs was attributed to Strickland allowing the runner on second to score to start the tenth on Saturday. While giving up three runs and taking the loss over the weekend, he rebounded to pitch a scoreless inning in Sunday’s blowout before giving up one earned run in one inning against Boston on Tuesday night.