Aug 25, 2016

The Pitcher Second On The Mets All Time List In Appearances: Pedro Feliciano (2004-2010)

Pedro Juan Feliciano was born August 25th, 1976 in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. The five foot nine left hander would get drafted right after high school as a 31st round pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1995.

While pitching the minor leagues he was granted free agency & signed by the Cincinnati Reds in 2001. In 2002 he was traded to the New York Mets along with Brady Clark & Raul Gonzalez in exchange for Shawn Estes.

Feliciano was a life long middle relief pitcher, although he did save 17 games at AA Jackson in 2001. He would pitch for the Mets AAA Norfolk Tides from 2002-2004, making brief appearances with the big league club.

Feliciano made his MLB debut on September 4th, 2002 pitching two scoreless innings of relief at Shea Stadium in an 11-3 Mets win over the Marlins. He would make six appearances & get roughed up by the Atlanta Braves & Montreal Expos, giving him a 7.50 ERA.

In the off season he was placed on waivers picked up & was released by the Detroit Tigers. In December of 2003 he resigned with the Mets.

In 2004 he got his first career win, it came on August 4th at Milwaukee, pitching a scoreless 6th inning in a 6-5 win over the Brewers. That year he made 22 appearances & went 1-1 for the 4th place Mets. In 2005 he signed a one year deal to pitch in Japan for the Fukuoka Daiei Hawks but after one year, signed again with the new & improved New York Mets.

Feliciano would be part of a strong Mets bullpen in 2006, as the team went on to win the NL Eastern Division. He was primarily a left handed specialist. Feliciano saw regular action right away & kept his ERA under two until June.

After starting the year at 1-2 by early June, Feliciano went on a roll winning his last six decisions out of the bull pen. In July he was credited with three wins from July 9th- July 20th, he added two holds in the final four games of the month as well.

In August he got two more wins & two more holds as ERA dropped to 1.86 by September 1st. September brought two more holds & a victory on September 29th over the Washington Nationals. On the year he was one of the games best & most reliable middle relief men. In 64 appearances he was 7-2 with a 2.09 ERA, striking out 54 batters in 60 innings of work.

Post Season: In the NLDS against the Los Angeles Dodgers, he appeared in all three games, earning the victory in the final Game #3 of the Mets sweep. In that game he pitched to just two batters in the 5th inning, before the Mets bats exploded for three runs in the 6th inning.

In the NLCS against the St. Louis Cardinals, he made three more appearances, serving up a HR to Chris Duncan in the 4-2 loss at Busch Stadium.

In 2007 he was back in the Mets pen, making 78 appearances, second to only Aaron Heilman on the club. In 2008 he became the Mets top middle reliever, a true work horse, as a left handed specialist out of the bullpen. He would begin a stretch where he would lead the National League in appearances for three straight seasons, beginning with 86 in 2008.

Feliciano would set a Mets record in games that year & continue to break & reset the record in each of the next two seasons as well. He would go 3-4 posting a 4.05 ERA striking out 50 batters in 53 innings.

In 2009 he made a league leading 88 appearances, going 6-4 with the staffs best winning percentage at .600%. He struck out 59 batters in 59 innings for the 4th place club that lost 92 games.

In 2010 he set a new Mets record with 92 appearances, once again the most in the NL. In the three year stretch he broke an NL record of 266 games, held by the LA Dodgers Mike Marshall (1972-1974) & Pittsburgh Pirates; Kent Tekulve with 264.

Going back to a four year span he set that record as well, with 341 appearances including the '07 season.

He went 3-6 with a 3.30 ERA in 2010 but it turned out to be his last season in the big leagues. That season he also passed Tom Seaver in all time Mets games pitched & is second to just John Franco.

Trivia: Mets broadcaster Gary Cohen has used the nickname "Perpetual Pedro" to describe him & his large number of appearances.

He signed with the AL New York club in 2011 but arm trouble side lined him & he never pitched high than the AA level. He suffered a torn capsule & rotator cuff, with the AL New York club blaming the Mets for over using him. This also led to Brian Cahmen mentioning how Joe Torre also over used his pitchers in the past as well.

In January 2013 he signed with the Mets but was released. Then at the end of Spring Training he signed once again, (for the fifth time) with the New York Mets.

He began the year A ball St. Lucie & was promoted after posting a 1.93 ERA in five games. At AA Binghamton he made 14 appearances posting a 1.26 ERA.

He then got a call up to AAA Las Vegas in late July & after three games was called back up to his life long MLB team; the Mets.

After three years, Feliciano returned to the mound on August 2nd, 2013 pitching to one batter in a tied games against the Kansas City Royals.

He would begin to see steady action, earning a hold on August 10th against the Arizona D-backs. On August 14th, he took a loss to the hot L.A. Dodgers, serving up a walk off 12th inning double, to Adrian Gonzales. He went 0-2 on the year pitching in 25 games.

In a nine year career, he is 22-21 with four saves, 350 strike outs,165 walks & a 3.33 ERA in 484 games.

In 2014 he signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Cards but was cut three months later. In February of 2015 he signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs but did not make the club.

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