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Miguel Batista ready to start and relieve on same day

Apr 23, 2012, 8:05 PM EDT

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No one has started both games of a doubleheader since Wilbur Wood in 1973. That’s not going to change today, but Miguel Batista said he’s up for finishing the nightcap after starting the first game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Giants.

Batista, who took the loss this afternoon after allowing six runs — three earned — in 3 2/3 innings versus the Giants, declared himself available to work in the bullpen tonight. It’s unclear if the Mets would really consider using him. They’d surely prefer not to, but they did burn through four relievers in the first game today.

Say what you will about the quality of Batista’s innings, but even at age 41, he remains one of the game’s most durable and versatile pitchers. Last year, making just his sixth start in three years, he threw a two-hit shutout against the Reds on the final day of the season.

  1. dondada10 - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:15 PM

    He didn’t start both ends of the doubleheader, but what if he lost both games? Has that ever happened? Baseball-Reference, here I come!

    • Matthew Pouliot - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:19 PM

      Wood lost both games of that 1973 doubleheader he started. Gave up six runs in the first without getting an out and then allowed seven runs in 4 1/3 innings in the second.

      He ended up 24-20 with a 3.46 ERA in 48 starts and one relief appearance that season.

  2. randygnyc - Apr 23, 2012 at 8:41 PM

    Can’t say that Bautista isn’t a gamer.

    • proudlycanadian - Apr 23, 2012 at 9:12 PM

      I remember from his time in Toronto that Batista was a very interesting person. He really would be willing to pitch in both games.

  3. citynative - Apr 23, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Embarrassing showing by Mets fans. More people at Citi or in Oakland tonight? There are considerably more Giants fans there.

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