Bullpen

Bullpen Stronger, Leadoff Still Weak

The Mets made a flurry of moves last night in the aftermath of Jose Reyes‘s departure. The truth is that these are moves that would likely have been made anyway but as Mets fans the Reyes parting is the watershed event of this offseason. Everything the Mets do now will be compared (by most, anyway) […]


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KRods Option Will Kick In, Get Over It

Last night manager Terry Collins used Francisco Rodriguez in the 8th inning of a loss to the Phillies. The second guessing began almost immediately. Why use your closer in a non-save situation? Why waste an appearance that could have contractual ramifications? (KRod has a $17.5 million option that kicks in if he makes 55 appearances.) […]



Ollie Going To The Bullpen

It’s official. Oliver Perez is out of the starting rotation and is now competing for a bullpen spot. Manager Terry Collins confirmed it after today’s game. I’m not sure Ollie can do the bullpen. As a starter his whole career who has been resistant to the bullpen (he accepted it last year only because it […]



Stupid Is As KRod Does

Earlier this season Philadelphia Phillies relief pitcher Ryan Madson committed one of the stupidest acts a professional athlete can commit. After blowing a save in the 10th inning of a game against the San Francisco Giants Madson threw a temper tantrum during which he kicked a chair. Proving that the chair is mightier than the […]



Perez Ready To Help? I Think Not

I was reading David Waldstein‘s post in the Bats blog about the return of Oliver Perez to active duty for the Mets. I had some trouble getting past the first paragraph. It had nothing to do with the writing but everything to do with what was said. The paragraph ended as follows: He threw in […]



11 Players Moved By Mets Yesterday

The Mets had a busy and curious day yesterday as far as transactions go. Here’s a list of what they did yesterday: Recalled Fernando Martinez from AAA Buffalo Sent John Maine to minors for a rehab assignment Designated Connor Robertson for assignment Released Bobby Kielty Designated Wilson Valdez for assignment Released Wily Mo Pena Released […]



Nieve Recalled From Buffalo

The Mets have recalled RHP Fernando Nieve from AAA Buffalo to replace J.J. Putz on the active roster.



Rosenthal: Putz Out 8-10 Weeks

Ken Rosenthal at FoxSports.com is reporting that J.J. Putz will undergo surgery Tuesday to remove a bone spur in his pitching elbow. Putz will be out 8 to 10 weeks. Looks like it’s for real now. A big test for Bobby Parnell.



The Sad Case of Nelson Figueroa

On Sunday Nelson Figueroa started for the Mets in place of Mike Pelfrey. He pitched pretty well allowing 5 hits and 3 runs in 6 innings. Many, including me, thought that the Mets would keep him on in a long relief role at least until Tim Redding was able to return. We thought wrong. On […]



Sanchez Released

The Mets released Duaner Sanchez this morning. The reliever was in trouble since the start of camp. Sanchez faded down the stretch last year when it mattered most. However in the offseason he got a 128% pay raise to avoid arbitration. General manager Omar Minaya said that Sanchez was released now so the team could […]