The Mets bullpen have struggled beyond belief as of late. The reason for this is simple, its a group of pretty much nobodies. Don’t get me wrong, various members have been great such as Byrdak, Rauch, Parnell, and even Francisco at points. However, we have had Acosta, Ramirez, Schwinden, and Egbert. Schwinden and Egbert? Does anyone besides Mets fans recognize those two besides their families? Anyways, here is the solution, Acosta is already gone, and now Schwinden and Egbert also need to be gone. Their replacements, Elvin Ramirez and Jenrry Mejia.
Tim Byrdak has been overworked this year, by a lot. Ramirez was supposed to suffice for that, however he has seen lefties hit .333 against him so far this year. The solution lies in the 2010 stats of Jenrry Mejia. In 2010, Jenrry Mejia held lefties to a .203 batting average and righties to a .340. This could take the load off some lefties and act like a second lefty out of the pen. Furthermore, Elvin Ramirez is ready. He has dominated AAA so far this year and I am excited to see him in the bigs next year. These two moves could easily fix our bullpen.
The Mets were not just trading tonight, they were signing relievers. We grabbed the tallest pitcher in major league history and a reliever with great stuff and potential. Frank had an up and down year last year, but if he is right, he is good. Rauch got 1 year 3.5MM and Francisco got 2 yrs 12MM. Maybe a little too much for Francisco but I’ll live.
Carlos Beltran went 2 for 4 with a 2 run homer to put the Mets of the board.
Jason Bay hit 2 homers today, one solo and one 3-run shot.
Mike Pelfrey pitched 6 scoreless innings and allowed 5 hits, walking 2, and striking out 2.
It is so strange how well Pelf pitches with Paulino behind the plate. He is a different looking guy. He throws inside and is so much more confident when Paulino catches him.
Who would have thought that all of the Mets offense today would be all from home runs. Kind of funny thinking how the ball doesn’t carry in LA at night and the Mets can barely hit a homer every 2 games.
Today was so good for Jason Bay. He pulled one homer and hit the other one to the opposite field. This really showed that he could be coming around as a hitter for the Mets…hopefully.
R.A. Dickey was phenomenal going 8 innings, letting up 3 hits, 1 run, and struck out 9 Athletics.
K-Rod blew the save in the 9th for his 3rd of the year and his 2nd in a row.
Justin Turner had a clutch go-ahead RBI single and a walk-off Hit by pitch.
Dickey had so much movement tonight and honestly had no-hit stuff. His Knuckler was moving so well. He made one mistake to Suzuki that was a homer and Hairston lost the other ball in the lights. Too bad that K-Rod blew the save for him.
Turner finds new ways to drive in runs every night. Tonight he drove in a run on a HBP and he is the Mets most clutch player so far this year.
Bay regressed again, so I don’t know when he will return to his old form.
The Mets bullpen (besides K-Rod) was so good tonight not giving up a run over 4 innings and striking out 5.
They had the strikeout pitch going tonight striking out 16 Athletics.
Dickey pitched 8 strong innings giving up 1 run on 4 hits. He walked 1 and struck out 3 Braves.
Jose Reyes went 2 for 4 with a double and RBI.
Daniel Murphy went 2 for 3 with a walk.
Beltran hit an RBI double and left the game early after fouling a ball off his shin.
Pagan, Tejada, and Turner had RBI singles.
Acosta gave up 2 runs in 1/3 of an inning and K-rod gave up 1 in the final 2/3.
Dickey was great today with his second great start in a row. His knuckler was great as it fooled the Braves hitters all night. It looks like he is back to himself again. I wish he could have gone 9, but I guess his pitch limit was over.
Jose Reyes is starting to defy words. He is just amazing. He could be buying his way into a Mets uniform for years to come.
The offense was great without Bay tonight. Even with Murphy as a cleanup hitter they can still produce without home runs. 4 of the starting 9 tonight are hitting above .300.
The bullpen is awful. Simply put, it needs help and alot of it.