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The bullpen has been good of late

The Mets bullpen let up 11 runs during the first nine innings they pitched this season.

However, they have a 3.39 ERA in the 53 innings since that Opening Series against the Nationals.

“Our bullpen has done a good job,” Collins said after Monday’s game (Star-Ledger, Apr. 22). “After that first series, where I’m not sure what happened, they’ve settled down and thrown the ball with much more command of their stuff than they did early. They’ve pitched very well lately.”

Kyle Farnsworth, 38, was named the team’s closer this past weekend and earned his first save of the season Monday.




56 comments

bring in lagron---and Spanish guy--put package familia--2015----niese-- to get something we have to give up something.trade valvede forss.

Anthony Fiore
Anthony Fiore

Carlos Torres is a horse...love him in the 8th.  I think the problem will be can Farnsy handle closing.  Not sure he will last.  They said it last night though.  He has been keeping the ball down and that is good news...unlike Valverde.  I think Familia would be next in line or Dice K?

Pablo LaSalle
Pablo LaSalle

Valverde! Did we forget to include his contribution?

kefhrny17
kefhrny17

Collins sound like such a dumbass when he speaks.

hankincolo
hankincolo

Mets? Bullpen? Good? When was the last time we could say that. Reality says, however, Farnsworth and especially Valverde will not last too long. Eventually, DeGrom will come up and Black will be back. Then, we might have some reliability.

ponzies86
ponzies86

Mejia is becoming must watch TV now, Wheeler better step it up, tired of seeing him go thru innings where he implodes and walks a thousand batters

greekgod
greekgod

Very impressed with Mejiha so far.......Mets might have something worthwhile for a change.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

Bullpen, like last year, is decent but it's only April. 

Long term, they need fresh arms. Vic Black and company should be available eventually, so there is some chance of relief there. Farnsworth as a long term closer is iffy. Short term, he can be okay.  Fam. needs to get into the groove. Germen looks like someone who will be up/down, his upside impressive. Torres a good arm. Rice is iffy at this point. Basically need someone else in mix especially if Papa Oh Vey is going to not be useful.

William Truitt
William Truitt

I think it's time the Mets call up Jacob deGrom and turn him into a closer for this year. He will be lights out with his sinking fastball that will probably reach around 98 mph out of the pen. I would cut Valverde.

Michael Fichera
Michael Fichera

I think its a house of cards. They definitely need to bring someone from the minors up - they shouldn't wait until we lose 2-3 games resulting from bullpen implosion. This team can't afford throwing any games. 


They want to win, they need to treat every game like its game 7, only then will they have a great season.

trevordunn
trevordunn

keep relying on 40 year olds sandy

spider43
spider43

I want to see Hanrahan or Madson signed, because you can't expect this bullpen to stay good for long. Both Farnsworth and Valverde have a history of having the closer job, only to implode and give up the job after a short period of time.

metstastic
metstastic

The reason the BP sucks in the beginning is because you have to see who is actually good. Keep in mind that we had Lannon in the beginning who was giving up homers left and right. You take out a couple of bad pitchers and all of a sudden the pen looks a lot better.


Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons

why do all of you want them to bring up our found starters and throw them in the bullpen..do you not realize that jeopardizes ruining them? look at what the yankees did to some of their young arms, most notably joba.  even with mejia we toyed with him so much and now he's finally turned the corner since we made him a starter for good last year. leave these guys in the minors and let them come up in june and start and the ones that are left out like degrom might be you trade for a bat

hashburry
hashburry

Bigger problem is the Mets can't seem to get any length out of their starters.  The starters are tremendously overrated, starting with Wheeler.  They all seem to be at 100 pitches by the 5th inning.  Of course the bullpen is overused and overexposed.  Having said that, they are also extremely marginal in the talent area.

hashburry
hashburry

I'm glad to see the baseball genius TC doesn't know what happened at the beginning of the season.

nagel100
nagel100

Black has been perfect in AAA.  what are they waiting on?


Valverde should be dropped and Black promoted.

owlnut
owlnut

Terry will destroy the bullpen! He does not know how to manage it. 

mets1962
mets1962

While it is true the Met bullpen has been good the last two weeks. Collins better find a way to give Torres some rest or he will be done by the all star break. Also they need to get Black up here to help Farnsworth some help as he can't close effectively on back to back nights. Also the offense is awful. When Larges returns and his desire to keep Eric Young in the line up, then Chris Young and Granderson become platoon in RF. Frankly only Larges has a real future.

hawkeye
hawkeye

A 3.39 ERA would put the bullpen at 13th in the Majors (7th in the NL), a little better than average and a far cry better than their current 21st (12th in the NL).  I know the relievers you see every day always seem worse than other team's guy because you see all of their mistakes but even in this "good" stretch it feels like they've been putting too many men on base.  Anyone know a good/quick way to look up BAA and WHIP since the opening series?

mike23
mike23

Ownership has to step up and make this team better while they are a game above .500, they have in the past waited until the team was playing bad and dropping too many games. This team can be pretty good with a couple of additions, time to make things happen, positive things to show mets fans they are serious about winning, time to fill citi field and that is all up to ownership who has to step up or step down and out. 

tk2120
tk2120

JINX. Guarantee 3 runs given up tonight....way to go

Jon Pace
Jon Pace

They have been fine but can definitely be improved whether that means signing Hanrahan or starting to bring up some the young guns not named Syndergaard and have them get their feet wet out of the bullpen. 

helloboy
helloboy

@hankincolo  Black is so wild, that i do not think you can say he will bring any reliability any time soon.

hankincolo
hankincolo

You nailed it! I just hope Wheeler doesn't turn into Neise 2.0. Great for a couple of innings and then he gives up a bunch. 

helloboy
helloboy

@William Truitt  or just use Colon's ailing back as an excuse to DL him for a month and call Degrom up to get a few starts. By the time Colon comes back, somebody else will get hurt and you can just keep him in or move him to the pen at that time.

completely
completely

@Michael Fichera Ah, but they don't want to win. They just want pretense for not spending (and since they're 10-9, so so far so good).

fakefans
fakefans

Arent you a dodger fan? Whats wrong...you need negativity to survive?

BringBackDaveTelghe
BringBackDaveTelghe

@Chris Lyons Disagree completely.  There's no harm in letting guys build up arm strength or innings in the pen.  The Yanks jerked Joba around way too much and there's a chance he just wasn't that good to begin with.

Look at the Cards, they do the RP thing with starters all the time and it works.

James
James

@hashburry  Wheeler is not overrated, he is a kid who has had 4 starts and 21 starts total to his career, he has not lived up to his potential or not reached his potential, you have to give him more than 4 starts of his first full year in the bigs before you throw overrated on him.

Chris Lyons
Chris Lyons

@hashburry  all their starters have been going 6 or 7 on average with a couple into the 8th? 

helloboy
helloboy

@nagel100  His lack of command is a problem.  Major league hitters will kill you if you walk too many people. 

LifelongMets
LifelongMets

@nagel100  He's had as many walks as he's had strikeouts. They're worried about his lack of command, especially that which he showed (or lacked) in Spring Training.

Joe Paulson
Joe Paulson

@mets1962 Granderson has a future -- an extended contract & esp. if they get a bona fide lead off hitter, he has some good people around him in the top of the line-up.  Knock on wood, one might be Lagares. Figure G will start hitting over .200 eventually. True CY looks short term -- year contract, disposable if someone better comes along. EJ is overexposed now because of injuries and lack of a good alternative at lead-off. He is better as a bench player/4th OF. 

Brian Webster
Brian Webster

@mets1962 CY was promised 600ABs when he signed here so he's not going to be relegated to the short end of a platoon vs LHP especially this early in the season. Not to mention that the Mets did not sign Grandy for 4yrs $60M to platoon him a month into the deal

stemog
stemog

@mike23 Only problem is it's April and teams aren't ready to deal just yet. Takes two to make a deal.

texasmetsfan
texasmetsfan

@Jon Pace sign Hanrahan / bring up degrom for bull pen and sign Drew and platoon him

at SS with Tejada...If they continue to play slightly above .500 ball trade for a hitter at

the deadline or hope and pray Granderson gets out of his funk.

steward1
steward1

@helloboy @hankincoloblack had 2 ks and a grd out last night two days after going 3 innings (not a long guy), in that outing his first inning was 6 or 7 pitches I believe, seems to be coming along, pcl not a great place to pitch!

LifelongMets
LifelongMets

@helloboy @hankincolo  He's got as many walks as he has strikeouts this season for Las Vegas. Until he finds the strike zone again, he's not leaving the PCL.

completely
completely

@stemog @mike23  This is a crutch. The Mets have already completed a deal this April - if the price is right, obviously teams are willing to make moves.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Why would you sign Drew for 14 million a year (or whatever he's currently asking for) and then platoon with Tejeda?

hankincolo
hankincolo

True, he also claims he figured out why his spring was disappointing. We'll see.

James
James

@completely @stemog @mike23  Great, overpay for something as an "upgrade" because you are 1 game over .500 after 19 games, that is a good move for a GM.

Pete Brilvitch
Pete Brilvitch

Drew is a Boras client so who knows what the asking price is at this point. I think Drew is an obvious upgrade over Tejada, but I don't think he's worth big money. I wouldn't sign him for multiple years if it kept us from getting a better option next year.

texasmetsfan
texasmetsfan

@Thomas McKeever @Pete Brilvitch I think at this point drew can be had for significantly less than 14M per year....I also think Drew would get the majority of the play with Tejada spelling Murphy.   Significant upgrades all the way around and shows that management is committed to winning...