No, we won’t get that far, but at this point it has been becoming comical, hence the reason for the placement of a picture of third-string catcher Rob Johnson in this headline. Heck, Johnson does have the best numbers in the bullpen doesn’t he?
All kidding aside, getting back to the question that led off the post: Is there any possible way the Mets can overcome these current bullpen disasters?
In a word, no.
By now you have been witness to bullpen implosion after bullpen implosion, followed by… well you get the idea.
Now riding a six-game losing streak, the Mets are floundering and spiraling out of control and most of the blame, of course falls on the beleaguered bullpen, which by now you should know rank dead last in the majors in ERA (5.03).
Last night the bullpen was once again a disheartening and demoralizing bunch, as they let a 2-1 lead in the 6th inning to swell to 4-1 in the seventh inning. This time the culprit was Miguel Batista. Batista was in there to get some work as he’s set to start on Saturday, and in the process effectively replace Dillon Gee in the rotation.
While technically, the loss fell on the shoulders of Chris Young, who allowed a two-run home run to Adam LaRoche in a 0-0 game in the 6th inning, the Mets’ bullpen (in this case, Batista) did nothing to help matters for a potential comeback.
Prior to the bottom of the seventh, Andres Torres had an RBI single in the top of the inning to cut the Nats’ lead to 2-1. Then came the bottom of the seventh.
Batista would get the first two batters with ease, but as we’ve been accustomed to all year, the last out would prove to be ever so evasive. Batista would go on to allow two singles to Jesus Flores and Roger Bernadina before allowing a deflating 2-run double to Steve Lombardozzi, which put the Nationals ahead 4-1.
So far this year, Jon Rauch and Ramon Ramirez have been busts. Batista has been in over his head in the bullpen. Tim Byrdak is just a LOOGY. And lastly, Bobby Parnell is once again reverting back to old habits.
Seriously, though, is there any hope this season can be salvaged?
I’d like to think so, but by the time Sandy Alderson makes the necessary moves to bolster the bullpen, will it have been too late? Also factor in that the Mets may need more than one bullpen arm.
With the Mets still just five games out of the wild card standings, they are not that far out of the race and if they make some prudent additions, there still could be some hope for a resurgent finish. Plus, you have to factor in the return of Frank Francisco as well. Not so coincidentally, the Mets are 7-13 since the last time Francisco pitched.
If I were Sandy Alderson, I would give the Padres a call and try to package a deal to acquire not only just Huston Street, but perhaps including Luke Gregerson as well. Heck, at this point they should entertain the idea of even reacquiring Dale Thayer.
That’s how bad it’s gotten.
Another team that could swing such a deal could be the Mariners.
They have a steady back-end of the bullpen with Brandon League (who is pitching much better of late) and Tom Wilhelmsen leading the charge. Considering they covet Stephen Pryor as their closer of the future, Seattle might be willing to negotiate a deal.
I don’t need to tell you that status quo won’t cut it. With that said, the Mets should look to bring back up Elvin Ramirez as well and see if he can reacquaint himself in the majors. At this point it’s worth a shot. What do they have to lose?
The bottom line is the Mets’ front office has to act and act quickly. Time is running out and if the Mets don’t make a move then they can kiss their post-season hopes goodbye.
The bandwagon that picked up a lot of riders in the first couple of months is losing steam and it’s time for Mets’ brass to stop the bleeding.
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