The Mets bullpen pitched eight innings in three games against the Reds and allowed only two runs. They have up 12 runs in nine innings during the previous three games against the Nationals.
“We’ve always felt all along our bullpen was better than it started out,” Terry Collins said after Sunday’s loss to the Reds.
Jose Valverde will be the team’s closer, he said, now that Bobby Parnell will miss the rest of the season following Tommy John surgery.
Sandy Alderson said last week that he is more inclined to wait and see how things shake out in the big-league bullpen before making any additional roster moves. He said, with one or two exceptions (specifically Noah Syndergaard), his Triple-A starting pitchers will get time working out of the bullpen in April to see how they may handle a possible role with the big-league team later this season. This will also help limit their workload, allowing for more innings later in the season.
Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The way I understand it, as long as Jenrry Mejia is pitching well in the starting rotation, he will not be moved to the bullpen, despite having Daisuke Matsuzaka in Triple-A. However, because Mejia has significantly more upside than Dice-K, I’ve heard the rotation will stay the way it is.
This means, at least for the next couple of weeks, the bullpen is likely to be Valverde, Kyle Farnsworth, Gonzalez Germen, Jeurys Familia, Carlos Torres, Scott Rice and John Lannan. They looked awful against the Nationals, they looked better against the Reds. I think it’s a good-enough group. There will be days they’re awful, and days they’re good. I don’t expect they’ll ever be dominant, at least until May or so when the younger pitchers are considered for promotions from Triple-A.
I know Alderson has said it’s not likely to happen. However, it’s worth noting that Rafael Montero is can be called up in late April and still have a full year of a service time, so – in the event the front office wants to debut him in the big-league bullpen, and everyone in the rotation is doing well and healthy – Montero could be added to the big-league team sooner than later.