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Who Should Pitch The Eighth?

With Jeurys Familia having surgery that will potentially end his season, the Mets will have to reconfigure their bullpen. Likely, this will start with Addison Reed become the closer. This creates an opening for someone to pitch the eighth inning. 

Originally, that was supposed to be Fernando Salas. However, with him struggling much of this year pitching to a 5.51 ERA, he’s probably not the answer now.  That goes double when you consider Terry Collins no longer lets him face left-handed pitching. 

As a result, the Mets need to look elsewhere for someone to pitch the eighth. The Mets do have some interesting choices:

Jerry Blevins

Blevins has been even better than his career best year last year. Overall, he’s been the Mets best reliever. Still, there are some reasons why he shouldn’t be e trusted with the eighth. 

First, he’s allowed right-handed batters to hit .273/.429/.364.  Second, if you stick him with one inning, you lose the ability to deploy him against a team’s top left-handed batter in a huge spot. Last, Blevins has been overworked, and he may begin to regress as a result. 

Hansel Robles

If Blevins has been the Mets best reliever, Robles is not far behind. Through his 18 appearances, he’s 4-0 with a 1.42 ERA, 1.053 WHIP, and a 9.5 K/9. He’s getting right-handed batters out, and he’s dominating left-handed batters. He’s all that you would want for the eighth inning.

Until he isn’t. To a man, everyone is waiting for the other shoe to drop on Robles when he changes from a dominant reliever to a good one. Also, there’s tremendous value in his versatility. He can come in to get a big strikeout, or he can come in to pitch three innings. You never want to constrict someone like that to just one role. 

Paul Sewald

Sewald has late inning experience with his being a minor league closer. Also, after a disastrous major league debut, Sewald has been good out of the Mets bullpen. In his last five appearances, he has pitched 8.1 innings allowing just seven hits, one earned, and two walks while striking out eight. 

With all that said, it’s not really likely Collins gives this important job to a rookie. That has not been Terry Collins‘ modus operandi.  

That probably also eliminates some interesting choices like Kevin McGowan who has been dominant in Las Vegas.  With that being the case, it appears there is not one reliever Collins truly trusts over another to get those three big outs in the eighth. Ultimately, that may mean that until Sandy Alderson makes a move, we may see more of a focus on the hot hand or matchups late in the game. 

8 thoughts on “Who Should Pitch The Eighth?”

  1. Gothamist says:

    I care about the players and that they will be used well. I want the players to have access to the doctors, to have their check ups, if loads are higher in the pen, more often.

    I do not care about anything other than the pitchers be monitored and for the doctors to be in charge if a pitcher has any concern.

    I RATHER THEY USE THE WAIVER LINE to supplement the increased loads of Salas and Blevins and especially until the starters are averaging more than six innings, 6 1/3 is OK.

    LET GO OF PREFERENCES THAT THIS BE A WILDCARD YEAR, A LAST VICTORY LAP FOR TC, CHANGE THE PERSPECTIVE, NOW!

    TC came into this Mets dynamic, he should be as realistic as the Met beat reporters, especially John Harper.

    Stop overload and PROTECT THESE GUYS IN THE MEDIA!

    The Mets and TC chose this route not these pitchers.

  2. Gothamist says:

    John Harper uncovered the BENEFIT OF SPENDING MORE ON SCOUTS!!!

    EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER, EDDIE BUTLER,

    THERE IS A REASON WHY 2-5th round DRAFT PICKS since 2011 have amounted to almost zero!

    IT IS NOT THE GM ALONE….
    IT IS THE SPEND…. ALL OVER THE PLACE…
    YOU CUT EVERY CORNER AND YOU HEAD BACK to the cellar real fast!!!

    The piper is being paid!

    1. metsdaddy says:

      GM does hire the scouts

  3. Gothamist says:

    Scouts come out of budgets?

  4. Gothamist says:

    Who does this guy or gal report to?

    Who wrote the job posting, selected the criteria, interviews,understands the software to supervise the hire?

    http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=19138

  5. Gothamist says:

    Check out the top five:

    “One significant limitation: Though the Mets are a big-market club, they have a mid-market payroll and just haven’t made the investment in highly trained personnel that teams like the Royals and Cubs have made in recent years.”

    http://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/12331388/the-great-analytics-rankings

    I can not rank the scouts they have, know what they make, who left for more money and who outbids for better scouts….

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