Over at Amazin’ Avenue, Eric analyzesÂ the Mets bullpen. “This year, while the Mets’ offense has struggled and their roster has suffered injuries galore, the bullpen has been a bright spot, currently sporting the second-best FIP in baseball at 3.71. Where has the improvement come from?” The article goes on to point out replacements for last year’s pen and the well publicized success of Krod and Parnell.Â However, this one is the key.
|Bum He Replaced||21.19%||11.02%||1.92||4.59||4.80||1.95|
“Mr. Superstar” is Pedro Feliciano. “Bum He Replaced” is also Pedro Feliciano, but his 2008 version. Value-wise, Pedro v2009 has been worth twice as much as v2008 (.6 WAR versus .3 WAR) in roughly two-fifths of the innings.
Feliciano has been much better this year and hopefully that can continue as problems increase with Putz and questions still surround Green and Taka.
The Swine Flu scare is over.Â “The Mets’ bizarre swine-flu scare appeared to pass uneventfully yesterday when Carlos Beltran was set to return after missing 3Â½ games with a stomach ailment.”
Hubbuch said that although Beltran was in uniform and in good spirts, he was five pounds lighter.Â Beltran’s ailment was never diagnosed and was suspected to be food posioning.Â I guess him, Sheff and Maine must go out for a lot of late night tacos together.Â “Asked if he had ever felt that bad, Beltran shook his head and said: “No, man. It was pretty awful.” Beltran is expected to be in the lineup today.
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Saving the worst for last.Â This one is the one that everyone is talking about and at the same time are afraid to talk about.Â What is going on with Jose Reyes ?Â Â According to RubinÂ Â Â “Jose Reyes, on the disabled list with a right calf injury, pulled himself from an extended spring training game in Port St. Lucie after two at-bats when discomfort resurfaced in the leg. The Mets had hoped to activate the shortstop tomorrow when he’s eligible to come off the DL. Instead, Reyes will be in New York today to see team doctor Struan Coleman. ” This does not sound good at all.Â “In his second at-bat he tried to push it, felt it a little bit in the knee, and so they took him out of the game,” assistant GM John Ricco said. “We talked to the guys in New York. The doctors want to see him again. … When he finally got in a game and tried to go full bore, he said there’s still something there.” So now basically the Mets need to assume that Reyes and Delgado will be out indefinitely.Â DeRossa is starting to look better and better.