Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Return of the Mets BLOWpen

The Guillermo Mota Pitching Academy must have been very busy this off season training the current Mets bullpen on the finer points of blowing a game. After two years of sub-par baseball, the state of the Mets bullpen has been overlooked because of the all-round bad play. But now with the team producing offensively, the BLOWpen has returned in devastating fashion.

I was dead wrong. I thought the fresh set of arms that I saw in spring training looked like a decent options to bridge the gap between the starting pitching and KRod in the 9th. I thought Parnell would build on his late season success in 2010 and be the setup man we wanted him to be. I couldn't have been more wrong.

The cast of characters in the Mets BLOWpen is very early finding ways to ruin perfectly enjoyable baseball. Overthrowing catchers who are standing 4 feet away, walking the leadoff man whenever possible, and giving up monstrous home runs are just par for the course in this early Mets season.

I know this is April, but this is actually the easiest month for the Mets when you look at who they are playing and the amount of home games they have. They should walk out of April with a winning record. But alas there are already 3 games in which the Mets should have a win if the BLOWpen could have just held on a little longer. I'd even settle for the BLOWpen only giving up 1 run instead of the bushel full of runs they like add on in the 6th, 7th, 8th & 9th innings. Not to mention the 11th inning.

A BLOWpen is not something that can be fixed this early. There's no trade that can be made and very rarely is there a young arm in the farm system that can come up and make an impact. This is something you hope the Mets can just suffer through and pray for improvement.

Get your Tums out. It's going to be a long season, and eventually these offensive comebacks will fade away because why bother coming back when you know a 3 run home run will be given up the following inning anyway.

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