Monday, April 6, 2009
New Season, New Bullpen
I had flashbacks of Scott Blowenweiss and Luis Ayala in the 7th and 8th innings of today's opening game of the 2009 season. My palms were sweating. I had shortness of breath, and I thought Johan Santana was going to miss out on a well deserved win.
But then I looked at the calendar. This is 2009 and we have a new bullpen.
Green, Putz & KRod proved that Omar made the right moves this offseason in just the first game of the year. All 3 relievers kept the 1-run lead the Mets held when Santana left to give them their first win of the season.
Although it did feel a little like 2008 on the offensive side of things as the Mets left the bases loaded twice without scoring a run. Thankfully, Daniel Murphy pulled us through with a solo shot and a productive out as he drove in both of the Mets' 2 runs.
Now what would have happened if Castillo was batting second? Hmmmmm.
Glad they got the first game in and even more pleased to see Santana get the win.