Week: 6 G, 22 AB, .364/.417/.864, 8 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB (Triple-A)
2023 Season: 6 G, 22 AB, .364/.417/.864, 8 H, 2 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 2 BB, 5 K, 0/0 SB, .357 BABIP (Triple-A)
After hitting an underwhelming .233/.309/.410 in 79 games for the Wooster Red Sox, Daniel Palka was released at the end of July. He signed with the Mets on August 26th and added to the Syracuse roster the next day. He got into his first game with them on the 29th, their first game against the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs and proceeded to reintroduce himself to Mets fans- he played for Syracuse last year- by going 8-22 with three home runs. The burly slugger spent the majority out of baseball after he was released by the Worcester, but the last time he had 8 hits in a series was way back in early May, when he went 8-23 against the Buffalo Bisons and at no point this season has he hit three homers in a single series.
Palka hit .263/.344/.506 with 26 home runs in 109 games last season, and he can add 8 more hits, two doubles, and three home runs to that tally. Clearly, the man likes playing in the Salt City.
Week: 1 G (1 GS), 6.2 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 8 K (Single-A)
2023 Season: 22 G (18 GS), 85.1 IP, 71 H, 49 R, 44 ER (4.64 ERA), 49 BB, 104 K, .295 BABIP (Single-A)
Week: 1 G (1 GS), 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K (Double-A)
2023 Season: 21 G (19 GS), 90.1 IP, 83 H, 59 R, 51 ER (5.08 ERA), 45 BB, 118 K, .344 BABIP (High-A)/ 1 G (1 GS), 6.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 K, .000 BABIP (Double-A)
Saying that Douglas Orellana a Jekyll-and-Hyde season would not be accurate, but there are times when the right-hander looks very good and other times when he does not. This past week, the right-hander was on, throwing a career-high 6.2 innings and striking out a career-high 8 batters.
At this point, there does not seem to be much rhyme or reason as to why Orellana has struggled in certain starts and shined in others. With the exception of one successful outing, his pitch usage in his good starts reflect the same patterns in all of his other starts. The velocity bands of his pitches have all been the same. The spin rates of his pitches have all been the same. The strength of competition ranges from sub-.500 teams to above-.500 teams, so that is not an explanation either.
Sometimes guys are just feeling it more than other days, I guess.
The same can be said about Joander Suarez. On the whole, his 2023 season hasn’t exactly been masterful or anything, but at times, he has looked pretty good. That was the certainly the case on Thursday, when he made his first Double-A start and blanked the Harrisburg Senators for six no-hit innings, allowing a single baserunner on a walk. When he has his curveball and changeup working and is able to locate them, Suarez has three solid average pitches to work with, three pitches that register their fair share of strikeouts. He isn’t always able to do so, as evidenced by his 4.5 BB/9 rate this season with Brooklyn, but when he is, he can be extremely effective. The right-hander struggled in that regard early on, but since midseason, he has really righted the ship. In his first eleven appearances, from April 12 until June 20, he has a 6.85 ERA in 44.2 innings, with 45 hits, 34 walks allowed, and 55 strikeouts. In eleven appearances since then, Suarez has a 2.96 ERA in 51.2 innings, with 38 hits allowed, 12 walks, and 69 strikeouts.