Mets will try to fix bullpen from within

Posted: April 7, 2014 in News, Opinion
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By Steven Inmanimages

Despite various reports that the Mets will watch Joel Hanrahan throw next week the team is far more likely to attempt to fix their bullpen from within. With Bobby Parnell done for the season the bullpen is in flux. Obviously Jose Valverde has taken over as the closer but he isn’t throwing his fastball with the same velocity that made him a successful closer a few years back. It is tough to imagine him resurrecting his career at this point but hypothetically if he did, how do the Mets even get the ball to him with a lead?

The Mets have a very nice starting rotation but they don’t often go deep into games which means a lot of outs for the middle relievers like Carlos Torres, Kyle Farnsworth and Scott Rice to get.

The Mets were hoping Vic Black would be the 8th inning guy but he had control problems this spring, was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas and winded up going on the disabled list Monday with a pinched nerve in his neck. The team doesn’t believe the injury caused him to struggle this spring.

Obviously looking back on it the Mets should have addressed their bullpen in free agency. They didn’t sign any relievers to major league deals although they were very interested in Grant Balfour. Balfour elected to go back to Tampa where he had gotten to a World Series. The Rays also guaranteed Balfour would be the closer while the Mets still had Bobby Parnell at the time.

Can the Mets fix their bullpen???

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