Q&A: Royce Ring

Royce Ring appears to have taken over as the Mets' lefthanded specialist, earning his way into the role by pitching well when Dae-Sung Koo went down to injury. Now gaining comfort in his role with the club, Ring joined Inside Pitch for a premium Q&A.

Was there any disappointment when you were sent back from New York to Norfolk the first time?

No, they had to make room for the guys that had been on the team, changes to make an impact. I can make an impact too, and I think they know that, but guys like Mike Cameron need to be in the outfield.

They needed their stars to come back. The thing was, they had their bullpen set anyway before I got up here, for the most part, and I knew that I was going to have to go back down, especially because no one knew what was happening with [Felix] Heredia either.

It was nice to come up here and throw and stuff, but I wasn't really bummed out. I wanted to go down to Norfolk and accomplish more to get back up here, and it worked out that way.

Do you feel like the second time around in New York might be the better opportunity now for you?

Yeah, because right now, we need a guy to get lefties out. If I can do that, I'm doing my part. If I do my part, we can win ballgames.

Did it help that you left a Tides team that was, for the most part, a winning club?

Yeah, there's a lot good pitching at Norfolk. The hitting's not really there right now, but they'll come around. It's a great bunch of guys with (manager Ken) Oberkfell, HoJo (hitting coach Howard Johnson) and (pitching coach) Dan Warthen. It's a good place to play, especially if you're not here. It's been a good year altogether for me.

That being said, you didn't hesitate when the call came for New York.

(Ring laughs) No way. You just want to be up here, and get a shot up here.

Stats & Splits: Through 11 appearances (8.0 innings) with the Mets, Ring is 0-2 with a 4.50 ERA, but has held opposing hitters to a .200 batting average. Lefties are hitting him at a .235 clip, and righties at .154.

By comparison, the pitcher Ring has ostensibly replaced in the Mets' bullpen, Dae-Sung Koo, was faring .250 against lefties and .345 against righties through 23 appearances.

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