Mets In Desperate Need Of Another Reliever

In the New York Mets 4-1 loss to the Atlanta Braves, their biggest flaw was highlighted and their downfall. Their bullpen.

We know the missed strike call to Dansby Swanson which should’ve ended the inning. However, David Peterson was pitching too long.

Peterson was at 98 pitches before he allowed that homer to Matt Olson. In the at-bat. Olson hit a very long foul. When Mookie Betts did that to Peterson in Los Angeles, Buck Showalter gave him the hook.

The Mets really weren’t able to do that here. That’s even with Peterson set to go over 100 pitches for just the third time all season. It was the third time through the order. That’s something the Mets have justifiably shielded him from all season.

Here, the Mets had little choice. After all, aside from Edwin Diaz, who do you absolutely trust in the Mets bullpen right now? The answer is probably nobody.

Well, Diaz was unavailable as was Adam Ottavino. The Mets bullpen was short, and they needed Peterson to get through six. He didn’t, and he allowed the Olson two run homer to put the Mets down 2-1.

Seth Lugo came in and was huge getting the Mets out of that inning. And then, he was not S he allowed his own two run homer to Adam Duvall in the seventh.

Just like that a shallow and tired pen helped turn what could’ve been a 1-0 win into a 4-1 loss.

Yes, we can and should point to the offense. However, the Mets had a lead. They just don’t have the arms to bring games like these home.

Drew Smith is increasingly unrealizable and can’t get left-handed batters out. Joely Rodriguez is a LOOGY and not really cut out for the three batter rule.

Tommy Hunter is a great story, but you still don’t know if he can trust him quite yet. Same goes for Colin Holderman, who did pitch well in this game and all season. Maybe they’ll get there, especially Holderman, but the Mets don’t trust him completely right now.

That leaves you questioning who else is there? Well, until Trevor May comes back, the answer is no one. That’s the problem.

Sure, with Max Scherzer pitching, it masks the problem. When he gives you seven, you just need one inning from someone not named Diaz. The same is true for when Jacob deGrom comes back from the IL.

Taijuan Walker is approaching this level, and Chris Bassitt is a strong 6+ inning starter. With this starting pitching, you don’t need much in the bullpen.

The Mets proved this in 2015. One of the ways do address a faltering bullpen is to just not use it. Let the starters absorb the innings.

The plan works, but you need more than just a Jeurys Famila, or in this case, a Diaz. They’re also going to need more than just May returning and Peterson likely shifting to the bullpen come October.

The Mets need an answer. That may come from a Holderman. Mostly, it’s going to have to be a trade deadline move. Really, it’s both that are needed. We’ll see if the Mets get it.

4 Replies to “Mets In Desperate Need Of Another Reliever”

  1. TheGhostofKelenic says:

    What’s the story with Tylor? When he returns they can toss him in the bullpen and it looks like a much better bullpen. Also, I’m assuming Peterson goes to the bullpen when deGrom returns and then Joelly can head to the bus station. Remember when we had Castro…. Hmm…. If May can come back and be his 2018-2021 self then the Mets should be okay I think.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I’m honestly of the belief, Megill is done for the year

  2. TheGhostofKelenic says:

    Oh I didn’t know that. Yeah, that changes my thoughts completely. Who do you want to see them get?

    1. metsdaddy says:

      Anyone?

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