Well we are more than a week into the ’11 season and I think that our biggest weakness has been exposed. That’s right the one constant, reoccurring disease that has been impeding the Mets chances of winning for the last four season has once again injected itself into the immune system of the Mets. That’s right folks it looks like we are once again suffering from leaky pen syndrome !!
I was at both opening day as well as this past game on Sunday. Both were games that in my opinion should have been won. I do admit that R.A Dickey didn’t have his best stuff that day, but the pen should have been able to contain the Nationals alot better than they did. On Sunday’s game, Chris Young pitched brilliantly, surrendering one run on one hit and just allowing two walks over seven innings. But unfortunately the pen – especially D.J Carrasco and Blaine Boyer could not preserve the win.
The blame can’t levied on the bullpens shoulders entirely. The Mets starting pitchers for the most part have not been pitching deep into games. Case in point the performance of both Mike Pelfrey and Jonathan Niese against the Phillies last week. Niese lasted in the game until the fourth inning while Pelfrey couldn’t get pas the second. This obviously is not good. The bullpen needs it’s share of rest – something that it hasn’t gotten much of recently.
The other problem is the lack of clutch hits by the offense. It seems like they have once again fallen into the trap of stranding runners in scoring position early and late in the games. These are runs that could have ( and most likely would have) changed the outcome in at least four games.
After Sundays game, Blaine Boyer was designated for assignment, and was replaced by Ryota Irigahsi and Jason Isringhausen. Both pitched well last night, but unfortunately Bobby Parnell couldn’t answer the call.
In order for this team to compete and to play over .500 ball the bullpen will need to function like a well oiled turbo charged lawn mower, not the weak manually operated garden weasel we have seen thus far this season.
And with that said… HERE COMES THE INFAMY !!!
Mets alumni celebrating a birthday today includes :
One of the most vocal Mets from ’06 -’07, Paul LoDuca is 39 (1972).
Current member of the Mets leaky pen, D. J. Carrasco is 34 (1977) .
Mets third baseman/outfielder from ’03-’04, Danny Garcia is 31 (1980) .
Sadly on this date back in 2001. longtime member of the Mets scouting and player development division, Nelson Burbrink passed away.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Ralph Terry on April 12, 1967.
The New York Mets signed free agent outfielder, Jesus Alou on April 12, 1975.
The New York Mets signed free agent middle reliever, Dyar Miller on April 12, 1980.
New York Mets traded middle reliever, Julio Valera and minor league pitcher, Julian Vasquez to the California Angels for past his prime shortstop, Dick Schofield on April 12, 1992.
Mo Vaughn has yet to try the new fried chicked sandwhich at Blue Smoke, He figured to have half a dozen during tonights game !!!