Same as it ever was: Mets pen sucks

Posted: April 11, 2011 in Mets

At this point, Charlie Brown would be an improvement for the beleaguered Mets pen.

Well, my optimism for the Mets lasted about a week. After winning three of their first four, the Mets have dropped five of six and as has been the case for several years now, much of the problems can be pinned on a terrible bullpen.
In yesterday’s loss to the Nats, Chris Young left after seven brilliant innings where he allowed one run on one hit. Immediately, D.J. Carrasco (with the help of some bad outfield defense), coughed up a two-run lead and the Mets would lose it in extras when the now departed Blaine Boyer gave up a four-spot.
In tonight’s 7-6 loss, Mike Pelfrey left with a 4-2 lead in the sixth, but recently recalled Ryota Igarashi couldn’t complete a 1-2-3 double play, eventually giving up a tying broken-bat single to Carlos Gonzalez. Bobby Parnell, who has been awful of late, gave up three runs in the eighth for the loss.
I know it’s still early, but it’s not like the Mets’ bullpen is a who’s who of awesomeness. D.J. Carrasco was a head-scratcher of a free agent signing, a righty reliever who doesn’t miss many bats. They had that guy much cheaper last year. His name was Elmer Dessens (another guy I didn’t like). Tim Byrdak is terrible as the lefty specialist, and the Mets’ decision to let both Pedro Feliciano and Hisanori Takahashi walk following last season is a curious one.
One positive note tonight was the return of Jason Isringhausen to the Mets. Izzy got out of a tough jam in the seventh, and he’ll be a nice addition as long as his elbow holds up. I remember thinking Izzy would be the Mets’ ace for years to come when he originally came up in 1995, but it was not to be. Still nice to see him back where he started.
The Mets (4-6) play the Rockies again tomorrow night, with Jon Niese taking on Esmil Rogers.


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