Mets first quarter season review
Coming into the year, most saw the Mets bullpen as extremely back heavy. Jeurys Familia and Addison Reed were money almost all year in 2016 and with both returning many though the 8th and 9th would be locked down all season.
The rest of the ‘pen was questionable across the board. Jerry Blevins, Hansel Robles and more all saw time out of the bullpen in 2016, but for the most part they weren’t anything opposing teams were intimidated by.
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The frustrating thing with this year’s Mets bullpen is some of your best innings have been brought to you by the arms of Robles and Blevins. Familia who was suspended for the first 15 games this season wasn’t even remotely close to lights out before being shut down due to injury and Reed seems to have taken a step in the wrong direction.
With a combine ERA of 5.05, the bullpen has not just been struggling, but they’ve also been overworked. Fernando Salas was throwing great for the first two weeks of the year, but after being used in nearly every outing, he hasn’t been the same.
Blevins and Robles also are in the upper tier of the league in appearances out of the bullpen this year and have been struggling on this recent road trip, causing many to wonder have they been severely overworked as well.