The 29-year-old Padilla was 3-1 with a 1.49 ERA in 24 games for New York last season. The
Mets are now short not only a reliever who matched up nicely against left-handed hitters last
season, but also their best clubhouse magician as well.
Ben Shpigel of The New York Times details the Mets' dilemma of carrying a sub-par left-handed reliever like Royce Ring, Mike Venafro, Darren Oliver or Matt Perisho. Shpigel compares the idea to adding another Italian restaurant to Manhattan - perhaps nice, but not necessary.
Peterson has been one of the industry leaders in biomechanics and data analysis since linking
with the American Sports Medicine Institute (ASMI) in 1989. In past years, Peterson has
brought the hurlers to the ASMI lab in Birmingham, Ala., bringing them down to their shorts
and planting tiny electromagnetic sensors on them while the pitchers simulate their pitching
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