The Mets 2014 bullpen is starting to come together

Posted: August 30, 2013 in News, Opinion
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By Steven InmanimagesCANTDGDW

The Mets haven’t had a league average bullpen since the 2007 season but it looks like that could change soon. The Mets are developing some nice young arms and they aren’t all going to be starting pitchers.

Going into the 2013 season the Mets bullpen was entirely up in the air and after a lot of reshuffling, the Mets look a lot more comfortable with some of the arms they will have next year out of their pen.

It all starts with Bobby Parnell who had a strong season as the teams closer before undergoing a neck injury that will likely keep him out the rest of the year. He should be ready to go in Spring Training and has two more years under team control through arbitration.

Next the Mets have Vic Black and Gonzalez Germen. Both of these guys should get save opportunities in September with no Parnell around. This could prepare them for high leverage roles next season to build a bridge to Parnell. Germen has been solid so far for the Mets and is likely to be apart of the Mets 2014 bullpen.

Black,25, has yet to throw a pitch for the Mets after coming over in a trade from Pittsburgh the other day but will be added to the roster once they expand on Sunday, September 1st. Black was a very good get for Sandy Alderson.

Black has a good arm and is getting over the control issues that have plagued him in the past. He looks ready to contribute.

Carlos Torres has been one of the better minor league free agent signings in Baseball this season

Carlos Torres has been one of the better minor league free agent signings in Baseball this season

Next you have the two lefties Scott Rice and Josh Edgin both who are under team control next season at the league minimum. Rice has been a fantastic find as a 31 year old rookie and Edgin looked like he was just figuring it out before braking a rib in a season ending injury.

Last but certainly not least is Carlos Torres who has been fantastic as a spot starter and even better as a short reliever. Torres has a 2.77 ERA in 55 innings for the Mets in ’13. He has been great and seems to have the type of rubber arm that every good team seems to have. He too will be under Mets control next season.

The Mets now have six guys they could in theory pencil in to spots in the 2014 bullpen. At this time last year they had one and that was Parnell. It looks clear now that the Mets are finding some solid arms as Sandy Alderson continues to sculpt this team.

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Comments
  1. Michael Young says:

    Steve – While it may not look like it in the standigs, the Mets seem to be shaping up fast. Mike

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