Tale of two bullpens

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Mets bullpen let up 12 runs in their first 12 innings this season. However, the same group has not allowed a run, while striking out 15 batters, during the last 14 innings.

The starting pitching is good enough, and will likely continue to be good enough, that the bullpen will likely dictate the overall team’s results more than any other aspect of the team, including the sporadic offense.

In other words, when the bullpen pitches well, the Mets are going to have a chance win, as they have over the last six games. They’ll lose when the bullpen struggles, as it did the first few games of the season. Get used to this pattern, because while these guys have looked really good this past week, I know and you know it’s only a matter of time before they sputter. It’s the nature of the bullpen beast, and it’s not exclusive to the Mets.


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The good news for the farm system is that, by having Jose Valverde and Kyle Farnsworth step up and succeed, it should give the front office some breathing room to figure out how and who in Triple-A can start being tested out in the bullpen for later in the season. Imagine if these two were an early-season bust, and the bullpen continued as it had the first few games, think about how much more pressure Sandy Alderson would be under to make a move? Now, he can exhale and think clearly about his youngest pitchers, while thanking the baseball gods that new life took over his oldest relievers.




14 comments
Chris Kujawa
Chris Kujawa

So when will Farnsworth serve his 50 game suspension?

mets1973
mets1973

I don't think Sandy Alderson cares what Mets fans think.

7up17_2go
7up17_2go

It's stunning that most of the Mets fan base from afar saw that there was something wrong with Bobby Parnell  (loss of velocity) yet Dan Warthan didn't.  Valverde should have been closing from day 1, and in all likelihood, he would have saved opening day, instead of an obvious damaged Parnell.

bigdirty
bigdirty

Hopefully Valverde and Farnsworth can keep it up long enough so that the rest of the pen can develop. I like some of the arms that the mets have in the pen but I think they are still new to the reliever role. Torres and Familia have seemed to come on a bit since the Washington series so there is hope.


The question is what happens to the pen when Noah and Montero are ready to come up. it seems liek Mejia is theodd man out though he doesnt deserve to be. his stuff seems like it could be very valuable in the pen but he could turn out to be a solid mid rotation guy too. 


The mid year trade deadline could be very interesting.  

tk2120
tk2120

this is why all of April should be played before any stock is taken into anyone playing good or bad. to say that any player, unit, or team is good or bad during the first month of the season is ridiculous...sure, they have spring training, but what happens in spring training? prospects play so 1 or 2 can attempt to make it to a higher level.....April baseball.. SMH...keep the stats away until May please!

completely
completely

Call me crazy, but I dare say banking on Valverde and Farnsworth as bullpen anchors based on a week or so's worth of results isn't a great idea. Of course, it's only really about pretense with this organization and this does provide some of that (get ready for "if Valverde and Farnsworth can just get back to what they were doing early in the season..."). 

Mike Dell Italia
Mike Dell Italia

To me the keys to the mets success this year is grandy farnsworth and valverde. If grandy is grandy, farnsworth and valverde continue doing what there doing, then I think 80+ wins and competing for the second wild is going to happen

PanchoVilla
PanchoVilla

Ummm...you forget we need to hit as well to win.

dukewillie
dukewillie

@bigdirty  Lets not for get German Gonzalez: 1.69 era 5.1 inn 2 hits 1 run 1 earned run 7 k's .111 avg 0.56 whip

mets2014
mets2014

@bigdirty by the time the young arms are called up, mejia would have probably reached his innings limit anyway

rico
rico

@mets2014 @mets1973  because it's their job to construct a good team who wins and is appealing to the fans.


Of course a lot of fans will never be happy about anything and come here and bitch all day and night.


Go back a week and read the thousands of posts about Alderson's failure to address the bullpen/