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4 underrated Mets relievers since 2010

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4. New York Mets Pitcher, Vic Black

Unlike the other options on this list, Vic Black only gave Mets fans a glimpse of his potential. Vic Black was acquired by the Mets, along with Dilson Herrera, when the team traded Marlon Byrd and John Buck to the Pittsburgh Pirates. While Mets fans had high hopes for Herrera, he never amounted to much, and it was actually Vic Black who was the better piece that came out of the trade.

According to Baseball Reference, Black only pitched in two seasons with the Mets, while tallying 47.2 innings pitched, with a 2.83 ERA, a 5-3 record and 44 strikeouts. While that may not be lengthy track record, the numbers were impressive over the short period of time, and Mets fans had high hopes for him to be an integral piece of the bullpen.

However, in 2014 he suffered a pinched nerve in his neck, herniated a disc in his neck, and strained his shoulder. The combination of injuries was enough for the Mets to shut him down for the season, in hopes of getting him back the next season. However, when he was healthy the next season he never made it past AAA, as he was a shell of his former self, and was not the same pitcher he was prior to the injury.

Black serves as a what could have been story for Mets fans as he was a young, talented right hander who could've served as an integral part of the teams bullpen for the next several years. Instead, the injury robbed him of velocity and movement, thus essentially ending Black's career

Clearly, while the Mets bullpen has featured some big names over the last decade, they also have several players who made key contributions that don't receive the credit they deserve. These are just a few of the Mets who had some huge moments in their time with the Mets over the past decade.

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