Sandy Alderson admits that his bullpen has “underperformed spectacularly in certain cases,” and has been inconsistent, he told columnist Kan Davidoff (NY Post, May 6).
The Mets have the second-worst save percentage in the National League.
According to Davidoff, a total of 19 Mets pitchers have recorded at least one save since Alderson traded Francisco Rodriguez in 2011.
“One of the issues we’ve faced is, because of the inconsistency, the lack of track records, we don’t have the luxury of set roles,” Alderson told Davidoff. “Hopefully that will develop over the next period of time.”
Alderson said in March that, with one or two exceptions, his Triple-A starting pitchers will get time working out of the bullpen in April and May to see how they may handle a possible role with the big-league team later this season. This could also help limit their workload, allowing for more innings later in the season, he added.
Triple-A RHP Jacob geGrom is next scheduled to start Wednesday, with Rafael Montero starting on Friday.
“I think we are getting to the point where it’s probably weeks as opposed to months,” assistant GM John Ricco said about deGrom and Montero contributing at the big-league level (Daily News, May 7).
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
I think in time, we’re going to see them promote a young arm or two, move some people around between the rotation and relief, and maybe even sign someone to a minor-league deal, all in effort to reconfigure what is happening in the bullpen. Their starters are pitching well, but it’s the sporadic bullpen that has been the difference. Alderson knows there is a season to save here, one with potential to surprise people, which leads me to believe he’ll pull the trigger on changes sooner than later.
There are 130 games left to play. Revamping and revitalizing the bullpen, with young power arms, could totally transform what this season is about. There is still time, but the clock is ticking…