Pedro Beato Back on Track

Entering Wednesday night’s game in the top of the 11th — as part of a double-switch that removed Jason Bay from the game — New York Mets Rule 5 draft pick Pedro Beato was given the task of escaping a first and second 1-out situation.

With the score knotted at 2-2, Beato struck out Conor Jackson on three straight pitches before inducing Ryan Sweeney to tap a soft grounder back to the mound to end the inning and the Oakland threat.

Beato stayed on to pitch the top of the 12th and struck out two more batters around a Scott Sizemore single, before Jemile Weeks grounded out to end the inning.

As Gary Cohen and Kieth Hernandez noted during tonight’s broadcast it appears as if the movement on Pedro’s fastball has returned, something which seemed to escape him since returning from the DL on May 21st.  Since his return, Beato saw his ERA rise from a perfect 0.00 to a robust 4.10 allowing 12 earned runs over 7 2/3 innings pitched (14.21 ERA), ending a club record of 18 2/3 scoreless innings to start a career in the process.

However, Pedro appears to be back on track having pitched 4 2/3 scoreless inning over his past three outings with five strikeouts while allowing only two hits. It may be Carlos Beltran who deserves some credit, which may seem odd at first glance.  But, according to Dan Martin of the New York Post:

Carlos Beltran is doing his best to stay focused on the task at hand, keeping the Mets alive in the wild-card chase for as long as he can.

After rookie right-hander Pedro Beato had a subpar outing last week, Beltran took the former Xaverian High School star aside and told him, “You can throw 95. Just throw your fastball and stop messing around with these sliders and things.”

The slumping Beato responded with two straight strong outings.

“People had been telling me the same kinds of things, but once Carlos did it, it clicked,” Beato said. “I mean, he’s Carlos Beltran. It made me think.”

It appeared as if Pedro took the wily veterans advice tonight, as he peppered the strike zone with mostly fastballs retiring 5 of the 6 batters he faced, lowering his ERA to 3.52 in the process.

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