Mets bullpen has been bad since August 1

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Mets had five pitchers toss three scoreless innings against the Reds on Monday, before letting up a walk-off single in the 10th inning.

In the ninth inning, Shin-Soo Choo led off with a double against Tim Byrdak. David Aardsma entered and Choo stole third. Aardsma got Brandon Phillips to ground out before intentionally walking Joey Votto. Aardsma then induced a short fly ball, not deep enough to score on. He then issued a free pass to Jay Bruce were he got Todd Frazier to fly out to center to end the inning.

Terry Collins bullpenHowever, in the 10th, a ball got by David Wright for a single and Derrick Robinson followed with a ball over Lucas Duda’s head, after which Shin-Soo Choo ended the game with an RBI hit — which was nearly a home run — against Sean Henn.

The bullpen has had it’s moments, but has mostly been pretty bad over the last couple of months. They have a 4.62 ERA since Bobby Parnell’s season ended, due to a herniated disk, which is among the worst in baseball.

There was a time in June and July when Sandy Alderson’s mixing and matching, and Parnell’s success, were coming together. That quickly evaporated and has only gotten worse as the season draws to a close.

In terms of runs allowed in the National League, Alderson built the fifth-best bullpen in 2012, but the second-worst bullpen in 2011 and 2013. Basically, he’s had an every-other-year track record of success. So, next year will be better, right?