Game Note: Jon Rauch has been stellar in the second half

Jon Rauch retired the only batter he faced last night, lowering his ERA to 2.92 for the year.

Since June 25, a span of 33 outings, Rauch has posted a 1.14 ERA while holding opponents to a .133 batting average.

Among all pitchers who have logged 20 innings or more in the second half, Rauch ranks seventh with a 1.31 ERA.

Rauch signed a one-year, $3.5 million contract with the Mets during last year’s Winter Meetings. He can be a free agent at the end of the season.

Michael Baron, Contributor

Rauch has been absolutely tremendous overall this season. He has battled bone chips in his elbow and knee pain seemingly all year long, but he has managed his way through all of that to put together a terrific season. He did struggle at first this year – he was throwing a lot of breaking pitches and falling behind hitters as a result. But ever since he got back to a fastball approach, he has been able to throw more strikes, get ahead of hitters, and be pretty dominant.

During Spring Training, he told me one of the reasons he decided to sign with the Mets was that he had a relationship with Sandy Alderson. I expect Rauch is going to command a higher salary to his $3.5 million he’s earning this season and I’m sure there will be a lot of demand for his services this winter. And so, I wonder if the Mets will look to bring him back for another year. He has proven to be a stable force in the bullpen and, if the Mets decide to go with internal options to fill the rest of the bullpen, he could prove to be a valuable veteran presence to them.