Since the Mets bullpen poured proverbial gasoline onto the fire during every game of the Mets’ season-opening series against the Nationals, the group has been much improved.
Apr 2, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Kyle Farnsworth (44) pitches against the Washington Nationals during the ninth inning of a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
After a two-run homer that was served up by John Lannan (who is miscast in relief) last Friday, the bullpen has combined to hold the opposition scoreless over 10.1 innings spanning the last three-plus games.
The only bullpen arm that hasn’t gotten in on the action recently is Jeurys Familia, who hasn’t appeared in a game since April 3rd.
Like the first three games, the last three plus games are a small sample size – not holding any large meaning.
As it was pointed out after the first three games, though, the Mets’ bullpen isn’t likely to be horrific and it isn’t likely to be a strength – at least not at this point in time. Most likely, it will fall somewhere between where it’s been over the first seven games of the season.
Aside from the bullpen arms who are contributing at present, the more than likely quick return to the majors of Vic Black, and the arrival of arms such as Jacob deGrom, Jeff Walters, and/or Cory Mazzoni may help make the Mets’ bullpen slightly above average before too long.
For now, the bullpen is holding its own.