The Buffalo Bisons improved from miserable in April to simply bad in May when the team went 12-18. Once again, the team’s offense was largely punchless, as the Bisons hit .251/.311/.375 as a team. As June dawns, the Bisons sit 17 games behind the first-place Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees.
Now two months into the season, many of the events in Buffalo must be viewed through the lens of the action at the big league level. Fernando Martinez was having a great month of May (.337/.378/.663 with 7 2B and 7 HR) but would have remained a Bison but for injuries to Carlos Beltran, Ryan Church and Carlos Delgado which moved Daniel Murphy back to 1B. Ramon Martinez played nine games for Buffalo, and was simply next in line when Jose Reyes and Alex Cora were forced to miss time simultaneously. Cora briefly rejoined the Bisons before hurrying back to the Mets to relieve Cora.
On the mound, for example, the Mets called up Jon Niese for a look, but he did not pitch well enough to convince the team that he deserved to stay in the big leagues. Moreover, he’s been hit very hard in his time in Buffalo, suggesting that what fans saw in his brief time in New York was not an aberration.
Dillon Gee hit the DL towards the end of the month with shoulder soreness. He pitched better in May than in April, but was never healthy.
Oliver Perez made one rehab start, but decided his knee (and perhaps his psyche) needed more time off.
Player of the Month
I like it when it’s easy. Fernando Martinez tore the cover off the ball and earned his journey to New York City.
Pitcher of the Month
Brandon Knight: 3-2, 3.93 ERA, 34.1 IP, 33 H, 15 R, 13 BB, 31 K
The numbers certainly aren’t overwhelming, but the dependable Knight made six starts and a relief appearance and led the staff in innings. He’s kept the Bisons in games and won ¼ of the team’s games in the month of May.
Is it June Yet?
This might fall into the, “is it 2010 yet?” but Nick Evans was 1-16 in May before the Mets took him out of his misery at AAA and sent him down to AA by way of extended spring training to clear his head. He was 7-for 75 (.093) in AAA. Evans began his 2009 AA tenure by going 8-for-40 (.200) in May.
Jon Niese was 0-2 with a 7.47 ERA in three starts and allowed 22 hits in 15.2 IP. He was in the strike zone, as he fanned 13, and walked five, but was just way too hittable.
Carlos Muniz, who saw the big leagues a year ago, was 0-2 with a 8.38 ERA in six relief innings. In 9.2 innings, he gave up 14 hits and 14 runs.