If the New York Mets want any chance at saving the season, they’re going to need some relief help. These three Mets position players could help them get some aid.
If you aren’t a baseball fan but live in New York, I’d say odds are you’ve probably heard of the New York Mets bullpen struggles.
Following a disappointing series finale against the Chicago Cubs, the Mets were dealt a harsh reminder that without a functional bullpen they don’t have a leg to stand on. With only one week of games left to play in June, the Mets bullpen is already responsible for 17 blown saves and a 5.16 ERA, which is the fourth worst in MLB.
That’s why it’s so unbelievable that management has decided to seemingly create more trouble for themselves by replacing their pitching coach of nearly two years, Dave Eiland, and Bullpen coach, Chuck Hernandez (with the team less than one season) with 82-year-old Phil Regan to fill the role of the Mets pitching coach and Ricky Bones to fill the role of bullpen coach. The team also went one step further with the hiring of Jeremy Accardo, who was brought in to fill a newly created role as the team’s pitching strategist – whatever that is.
Ironically, the promotion of Ricky Bones to fill the vacancy left by Hernandez seems a bit strange, considering that Bones was not asked back as the Mets bullpen coach prior to the start of this season because of their decision to hire Hernandez; and yet here he is filling the shoes of the man who took his job.
However, as the season wears on, perhaps we’ll find out what a “pitching strategist” does and where he fits in the hierarchy of the Mets coaching staff before their interim roles come to an end and we learn if these moves have paid off.
Nonetheless, in the event Brodie Van Wagenen and his front office staff decide to make any impactful moves to staunch the bleeding in their unreliable bullpen, there are three position players the Mets should think about trading.
And for a team whose bullpen has been an unmitigated disaster, there are also some players the Mets should seek out for relief help.