Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer
The Mets bullpen has a 2.57 ERA during their last 63 innings and 21 appearances, during which they’ve allowed just two home runs.
“We’ve got some really good young power arms,” David Wright said Wednesday (ESPN, May 28). “These guys have the ability to go out and dominate, shut the door on games.”
The current group is solid, especially with Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia creating a nice, 1-2 punch in the back of the bullpen. I’m still worried about Vic Black’s control, he walked two of five batters the other day, despite not letting any one score. But, if he can get back to what he was doing the end of last season, these three men give the Mets a very powerful, unique situation to help get through close games.
Scott Rice, Josh Edgin, Carlos Torres and Daisuke Matsuzaka are good, not great. I believe Edgin can be better than he’s shown, but time will tell. Meanwhile, eventually one or both of Jacob deGrom and Rafael Montero will end up in the bullpen, as well, though it’s likely a short-term destination, since they clearly both belong in a starting rotation.
The point is, the bullpen is so much better than it was the first five weeks of the season, and — with defined roles and routines — it’s reasonable to think it can better.