Â We all know what happened last night, but if you need a refresher, here’s how it went down courtesy of Marty Noble @ Mets.com-
“Putz was summoned to replace Pedro Feliciano with a runner in third base and one out and the Mets leading, 5-3. Andy LaRoche hit his first pitch toward center field. Luis Castillo put a glove on it, but made no play, LaRoche’s brother, Adam, scored. Jason Jaramillo hit a 1-1 pitch to center field for a single that advanced Andy LaRoche to second. Jack Wilson then hit an 0-2 pitch up the middle to score a run and move Jaramillo to second. Then pinch-hitter Delmon Young hit the first pitch — where else? — up the middle for the run that put the Mets in arrears.
The intentional walk to Nyjer Morgan, Putz’s final batter, an error by shortstop Wilson Valdez on a potential double play ground ball extended the inning and allowed another run and a sacrifice fly completed the comeback.”
Â Putz failed to record an out.Â 8 pitches, 4 singles, 4 runs.Â His era jumped from 3.81 to 4.76Â Also important to note, is the fact that Putz was “tinkering” with his delivery before the game.Â Well,Â I don’t know about you, but theres a problem if Putz’s modified delivery is worse off than hisÂ accostomed delivery, meaning he could be playing hurt.Â That should not come off as a shock to anyone.Â
Â Â Â Â In 2008, JJ Putz was placed on the DL TWICEÂ for a hyper extended elbow and right torso inflammation.Â This year already, Putz has had issues with a bone spur and inflammationÂ in his rightÂ elbow, not to mentionÂ sittingÂ out a couple of days for a stiff neck.Â
Â Â Â Going back to yesterday’s game, Marty discusses the plan with Putz according to Manager Jerry Manuel -
“Manager Jerry Manuel said he would give Putz a night free from pitching Tuesday, nothing that the Mets’ primary setup man had worked in a special bullpen session in the afternoon, hoping to find a release point better suited for his pitches. The problem against the Pirates was location, location, location. He threw strikes but they were hittable strikes, higher in the zone than he wanted. Manuel was unconcerned about Putz’ velocity; it has been a variable of late. He is willing to afford Putz the benefit of the doubt because the veteran reliever with closing in his resume has accepted the setup role with almost no spoken reservation. But he did say he may try to bolster Putz’s confidence by using him in less challenging circumstances. But Manuel also pointed out having Putz set up Francisco Rodriguez is “how we are designed.”
That’s funny, because our friend Matt Cerrone over at MetsblogÂ has down that Jerry said something totally different. –
“Prior to yesterdayâ€™s game, Jerry Manuel said Putz would still be usedÂ primarily as hisÂ eighth-inning reliever.
Last night, however, Manuel said a) Putz will not pitch tonight, and b) when he returns, he is likely to no longer be used as the primary eighth-inning set-up man.
â€¦paging Bobby Parnellâ€¦ please pick up the white courtesy phoneâ€¦ thank youâ€¦” (Ha ha, Matt, you’re so funny.)
Â Â Â This raises an interesting question.Â Is Bobby Parnell more suitable for the 8th inning role than Putz?Â Would doing so burnÂ out Parnell?Â Jerry has alreadyÂ been questioned for his use of the bullpen, but you cant hide the fact that Parnell brings a cool and collectedÂ presenceÂ inÂ the late innings.Â The guy throws seriousÂ heat and doesn’t seem to fold under pressure.Â So far inÂ 21.2 innings, ParnellÂ has a 2.08 era, while giving up 5 earned runs and striking out 20.Â So what would you do?