The bullpen. Oh, the bullpen. The staff has been the outright biggest cause of hair pulling, TV remote throwing, and overall aggravation this season. We cover our eyes and prepare for the worst as one of the many unreliable pitchers jog to the mound praying to see Seth Lugo when we uncover them.
The majority of the staff has proved time and time again that they cannot keep a game close let alone maintain a lead. Edwin Díaz for instance, the closer we all had high hopes for, currently possesses an underwhelming 5.59 ERA giving up 35 runs in 56.1 innings pitched.
Then there is Jeurys Familia, infamous for his three blown saves during the 2015 World Series, with a 6.00 ERA, one of the highest on the staff. Not exactly the stats you want to see from guys you would like to depend on in close game situations.
The bullpen incompetency was on full display during a 10-11 loss to the Washington Nationals on September 3rd. Up by six runs in the bottom of the 9th inning, the Nationals relentlessly chipped away at that lead, getting hits off of Paul Sewald, Luis Avilán, and Edwin Diaz. The Mets bullpen imploded in embarrassing fashion leading to one of the most defeating come from behind loses in recent memory.
Bullpen unreliability is an urgent need the front office must address this winter if the team seeks to be a contender next season. If the team has one area to address during the offseason, it’s this one.