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Mets bullpen game vs. putting the starting pitching depth to the test

May 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tommy Hunter (29) throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
May 8, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Tommy Hunter (29) throws a pitch against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports
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May 3, 2021; St. Louis, Missouri, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Sean Reid-Foley (61) reads the signs prior to a pitch during the sixth inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s see what these starters can actually do

The whole point of starting pitchers is to get as many innings out of them as possible. I hate to see any of them go to waste in the bullpen when it’s possible we could get more from them. The idea of moving extra starters to the bullpen where they can thrive does intrigue me. When you actually need starting pitching help, use them.

We need to look at things from a perspective beyond just the bullpen game. An injury the next day to a starter or a shellacking in the first inning means the very next day suddenly becomes a bullpen game as well. Why waste multiple arms one day when you can limit the damage?

I know those who do or don’t like bullpen games are quite firm in where they stand. Analytics may favor the bullpen game at times, however, if it was truly the best way to win games, every game would include a different pitcher marching onto the mound each inning.

Surely a personal preference of mine, I remain intrigued at what the Mets starting pitching depth can do. Considering how poorly David Peterson has done this season as well, it’s essential the team at least gets an idea of what they have in their back pocket.

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I’m all for whatever wins games. Perhaps as the Triple-A season moves along and arms get stretched out we’ll see the end of the bullpen games and openers for the 2021 season. My traditional way of thinking can only hope.

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