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Mets Bullpen: Breaking down relievers usage after 15 games

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets reacts after getting the final out of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 14, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets reacts after getting the final out of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field on April 14, 2021 in New York City. The Mets defeated the Phillies 5-1. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 5: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets pitches in an MLB baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 5, 2020 at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 5-1. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 5: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets pitches in an MLB baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies on September 5, 2020 at Citi Field in the Queens borough of New York City. Mets won 5-1. (Photo by Paul Bereswill/Getty Images)

Are the New York Mets perfect? At 8-7 through their first 15 games – they are anything but perfect. Already this season, there have been multiple games they play as if they can win it all or they play as if they should tear it all down.

One game, it may be the bats giving a glimmer of their offensive potential while the pitchers falter. Another game may be a quality start with no run support. And of course, sometimes it comes back to bullpen issues.

By no means has the bullpen been lockdown, but it is clear they are better than in 2020. Here is how the bullpen has been used through 15 games this season…

Early injuries for the Mets

As they seemingly do at some point every year, the Mets bullpen deals with a couple of injuries to key players. This season, it may not be many, though the Mets are already without a few arms.

Entering the season, the Mets knew they would be without star reliever Seth Lugo for a bit. The shutdown righty had surgery to remove a bone spur prior to Opening Day and has only recently begun throwing. Chances are Lugo will not be back for at least another month.

Another blow was to Dellin Betances, who recently was moved to the 60-Day IL. Betances has been out since April 8th, after just making his debut the night before. In one inning, he threw 21 pitches, walked a batter, and gave up one earned run, as he continues to look like a shell of his former All-Star self.

Ultimately, the Mets bullpen has been manageable despite being without Lugo and Betances this season. Then again, both would be welcomed back anytime to provide more reinforcements.

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