Do the Mets have a backup plan to Vic Black???

Posted: March 16, 2014 in News, Opinion, Spring Training
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By Steven Inmanphoto

As Met fans know the team didn’t really address their bullpen this winter. The team planned on going with internal young relievers such as Vic Black. Black, 25, was acquired last August from Pittsburgh in the deal for Marlon Byrd. He looked good in his brief big league time last year. He was declared early on in camp as the 8th inning guy, the bridge to Bobby Parnell. (Who the Mets HOPE is healthy) Black has badly struggled this spring.

Black has given up a whopping 18 base runners in just six spring training innings. He is having trouble throwing strikes and you wonder if he goes into the season struggling, what other options the Mets have available. At this point you would think they stick with the guys in their own system for better or worse. If the Mets don’t believe they can upgrade shortstop, a more pressing need, then you can forget about them looking to address their bullpen externally.

Luckily Black still has 15 more days until Opening Day to get right and his spot in the bullpen doesn’t look to be in any danger but this could be a major concern without an answer. Black has a great arm and can throw very hard but he doesn’t have a track record at the major league level yet.

The Mets need Vic Black to be what the Braves have in Luis Avilan, which is a dominant young set-up man. That may be too much to ask for a kid with 17 big league innings under his belt…

  1. Mike Young says:

    Steve – Obviously, Black has the stuff to be an effective BP strike out pitcher. As you have said he needs experience and the Mets are apparently willing to let him gain that experience at the major league level. In my opinion, the Mets must be ever vigilant in watching his mechanics and helping him gain what he needs in order to approach hitters with confidence so that he can and will get them out. I haven’t seen him lately, so all I can say is that he is apparently having trouble with his command/control. If so, then the next issue is if he doesn’t improve quickly enough by opening day and into April and if the Mets want to win 90 games in 2014 then they will have to replace him before he blows too many leads costing the Mets wins and doing damage to his confidence instead of building it. If that happens its a tough call but one that the Mets will have face up to if they want to get off to a good start of the 2014 season. Mike

    • Steven Inman says:

      Mike other than a Valverde or maybe a Famiilia, the Mets don’t have any other options for the 8th inning so Vic Black will have plenty of opportunities to establish himself as a late inning reliever with the Mets in 2014.

  2. […] The New York Mets just announced in a surprise move that RHP Vic Black has been optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. Black came into the spring as Terry Collins’ top choice to be the 8th inning guy. Black had a terrible spring training but looked to be safe based on his body of work last September. I talked last week about how the Mets didn’t really have a backup plan to Black here. […]

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