The Mets have a serious need to fill in middle relief, as they continue to have failure after failure ahead of Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia.
The Mets have at least made an effort to shore up the right side of those bullpen problems, acquiring RHP Addison Reed from the Diamondbacks, the team announced on Sunday.
The Diamondbacks will receive B-Mets RHP Matt Koch and St. Lucie Mets RHP Miller Diaz.
To make room on the 40-man roster for Reed, the Mets recalled Wilfredo Tovar from Triple-A Las Vegas, and placed him on the 60-day disabled list.
Reed will be active on Monday, meaning they will have to at least temporarily demote another reliever until rosters expand on Tuesday.
Koch, 24, went 4-8 with a 3.46 ERA in 35 appearances and eight starts for the B-Mets in 2015.
Diaz, 23, went 5-12 with a 4.71 ERA in 23 appearances and 21 starts for St. Lucie in 2015.
Reed, 26, has had an up and down season for Arizona in 2015, going 2-2 with a 4.20 ERA with 14 walks and 34 strikeouts in 40 2/3 innings over 38 relief appearances in 2015.
Reed has struggled against right-handed hitters this season, lighting him up for a .310 average with an .839 OPS. He has been reasonably better against left-handed hitters, holding them to a .242 average with a .679 OPS. He is a groundball specialist who has done a good job keeping the ball in the park this season, allowing only two home runs in those 40 2/3 innings.
Prior to this season, he served as the White Sox closer in 2012 and 2013 and the Diamondbacks closer in 2014, racking up 101 saves in those three seasons.
He figures to be better in a pitcher-friendly environment such as Citi Field, although he has a modestly below average park adjusted ERA this season, and was well below average in that department in 2014. He does have closing experience, but he’s going to clearly be a guy who gets the ball to Tyler Clippard in the eighth inning for now. But Reed has had a stellar second half to date, posting a 1.65 ERA in 13 relief appearances since the All-Star break, so this is a really good gamble for the Mets to take.
It certainly can’t be any worse for the Mets in that part of the game.
Reed is making $4.875 million in 2015. He is under team control through the 2017 season.
The Mets will look to avoid the sweep against the Red Sox on Sunday afternoon at Citi Field at 1:10 PM.
Here is today’s starting lineup for New York:
- Juan Lagares CF
- Curtis Granderson RF
- David Wright 3B
- Daniel Murphy 1B
- Michael Cuddyer LF
- Juan Uribe 2B
- Ruben Tejada SS
- Anthony Recker C
- Noah Syndergaard RHP
Here is today’s pitching matchup:
Noah Syndergaard (8-6, 3.19 ERA) will start for the Mets.
Wade Miley (10-10, 4.51 ERA) will start for the Red Sox.
Here is what I am looking for today from the Mets:
O, where art thou?
After mashing and bashing their way towards seven straight victories–where the least amount of runs they scored in any of those games was five–the Mets offense is suddenly scuffling a bit these last two days.
They’ve faced a Red Sox pitching staff thank ranks 27th in the majors with a collective ERA of 4.49 this season, yet they’ve scored just five total runs in the first two games of this series.
While dissappointing, the Mets struggles on offense in these last two games is not all that unexpected, as there was just no way that they could have continued the onslaught they enjoyed over this past road trip throughout the remainder of the season.
With this team’s pitching, the Mets won’t need these huge offensive games on a nightly basis, but rather just enough runs to stay in these games and have a chance to win. Despite their low scoring output, they’ve been in each of these last two contests. Today, let’s see if they can make improvements and win one.
The Asgard advantage.
It’s been a bit of a struggle for Noah Syndergaard–who’s last two starts have come on the road–lately, which is why he’s likely excited to be home.
Thor has struggled mightily on the road so far in his rookie season, as he’s 1-5 with a 4.91 ERA in 10 starts, but he’s been a completely different pitcher at Citi Field.
In nine starts in front of the Flushing faithful, Syndergaard is a stellar 7-1 with a 1.82 ERA, 65 strikeouts and eight walks while holding opponents to a .194 batting average. In his 10th career start at home this afternoon vs. Boston, it’s not outrageous at this point to expect more of the same.
Before the Mets recalled LHP Steven Matz in late June, Sandy Alderson maintained a long standing position of the club that his stud left-harder would strictly serve as a starting pitcher for the team.
It would appear that stance has not changed, nor will it down the stretch of the season.
Terry Collins said on Sunday morning that when Matz is activated he will only serve the club in the starting rotation, not out of the bullpen.
Collins said given Matz’s injury history, it, “wouldn’t be fair to him” to shift gears to see if he could pitch in relief.
It also might not be best for the organization to create an unknown and subject Matz to additional risk, either.
In addition, Collins has said repeatedly Jon Niese is not a candidate for the bullpen, either.
But the Mets have reportedly been toying with the idea of shifting Noah Syndergaard into a short relief role, something they’ve considered in the past as well. If they do that and Matz and Niese are healthy and in the rotation in the playoffs, it’s possible the Mets could go with those two and both Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey in a seven-game series, with Niese potentially the odd-man out in the Division Series.
The Mets have already subjected Bartolo Colon to an assignment out of the bullpen as they search for a future role for him and rest an over-taxed bullpen. He delivered a scoreless inning of relief on Saturday afternoon.
As for Matz, he will start for the B-Mets on Monday, and rejoin the team on Tuesday when rosters expand to 40 players. It’s not clear yet when he will make a start, but it’s logical to conclude he could be used to skip Syndergaard in Miami next Saturday on regular rest, after which the Mets will go to a six-man rotation most of the rest of the way.
What looked like a marvelous and special afternoon for Jacob deGrom turned into a disappointing loss for the Mets co-ace on Saturday.
DeGrom, who suffered from food poisoning in his previous start against the Phillies, was splendid for five innings on Saturday against the Red Sox, not even allowing a hit until the fifth inning as he dominated the Red Sox with ten strikeouts in six innings.
“I felt good today, especially early on,” deGrom said on Saturday.
Unfortunately, that domination turned into a battle for deGrom just an inning later. He allowed a leadoff single to Mookie Betts in the sixth inning, and Pablo Sandoval immediately followed that up with a run scoring double. He would come around to score on a groundout to first base.
Suddenly, it was 2-0, and deGrom’s early dominance left him staring at a loss, thanks to the Mets burned out offense which struggled to score even a run on Saturday afternoon.
“I just struggled a little bit there in the sixth inning,” deGrom said. (more…)
The Mets are beginning to feel the aches, pains and fatigue of this era’s 162-game schedule, which offers few days off as a remedy to any of those symptoms.
This is what the manager figures Saturday’s loss to be attributed to, as the club played a relatively flat extra-inning game in a loss Friday night as well, just hours after returning home from an energetic extra-inning win the night before in Philadelphia.
“Today we looked a little tired for me,” manager Terry Collins explained after the Mets dropped their second game in a row to the Red Sox on Saturday. “The back-to-back extra-inning games, the 3 o’clock in the morning getting back from Philly, all of the things that have gone in, we’ve been dragging a little bit. We’re just lucky we’ve got enough guys that we can get some of these guys a blow now and then.” (more…)
The Mets have an over-abundance of starting pitching as they begin to look ahead to postseason play, as they will only need 3-4 starting pitchers at any given time.
So it has come as no surprise the team has begun to look at Bartolo Colon in a different light, as he figures to be among the odd men out not only in a playoff rotation, but potentially the playoff rosters as well.
Before Saturday’s 3-1 loss to the Red Sox, Terry Collins said Colon would be available on Saturday in relief.
Sure enough he was, and he made his first relief appearance since 2011 while with the Yankees. He delivered a scoreless ninth inning inning on 11 pitches.
Collins said after the game this appearance was not a tryout for a relief role, nor was it an effort to prepare Colon for a possible relief role later in the year.
“None,” the manager said. “We needed somebody else.” (more…)
The Mets bullpen essentially has two, maybe three reliable arms in Sean Gilmartin, Tyler Clippard, and Jeurys Familia.
The rest of the Mets bullpen is made up predominantly with inexperienced, inconsistent or simply unreliable pitchers, and if the Mets are going to make any noise come October, it’s vital the Mets get improvement from the bullpen in that area of the game.
As such, Adam Rubin of ESPN New York says the Mets are in talks to acquire help for their sagging bullpen, although there’s no guarantee a deal will be completed.
The Mets have claimed another a reliever on trade waivers, according to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, and it is not a reliever who cleared waivers.
And Rosenthal one of those relievers is Padres LHP Marc Rzepczynski, however Marc Carig of Newsday says a deal coming together for Rzepczynski is unlikely.
Rzepczynski, 29, is 2-3 with a 4.88 ERA in 27 2/3 innings over 60 relief appearances between the Indians and Padres this season.
Rzepczynski was acquired by the Padres by the Indians on July 31. He has generally been underwhelming this season holding left-handed hitters to a .257 average with a .650 OPS this season. Since joining the Padres, left-handed hitters are hitting .238 against Rzepczynski, although he’s only made 15 relief appearances for San Diego.
The clock is ticking on the Mets if they intend to add bullpen help from outside the organization. The waiver period expires August 31, and any player they acquire after that date is ineligible for the postseason.
The problem with the crop of available players at this time of year is, as was the case with Eric O’Flaherty, they usually come with significant salary and an underwhelming performance to date. So, while the Mets have shown a willingness to take on salary this summer, there might not be a lot of value available to them, regardless of how much the player makes.
But as the waiver period draws closer to conclusion and other teams are now out of contention, perhaps they saw something on the wire or a player recently cleared that could provide such value, be worthwhile risk, or both.
The club has considered acquiring former Met closer Francisco Rodriguez as an option, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post. But they don’t want to commit to anyone beyond 2015, and Rodriguez is owed $5.5 million in 2016 with either a $6 million team option in 2017 with a $4 million buyout.
Still, Rodriguez would provide some much needed credibility to the Mets bullpen. He’s posted a 2.06 ERA in 45 games with the Brewers with 30 saves this season. he also knows New York, has playoff experience and brings a lot of energy the Mets are very familiar with.
The Mets are also considering putting one of Noah Syndergaard or Steven Matz in the bullpen for the playoffs, according to Andy Martino of the Daily News, and will likely audition Dario Alvarez as an option for the left side of the bullpen when rosters expand in September.
Original post, Saturday, August 29, 2:46 pm, update, August 29, 5:19 pm, August 30, 6:41 am
The Mets dropped their series with the Red Sox on Saturday afternoon, falling to Boston 3-1 at Citi Field. Here are my takeaways from the loss…
DeGrominant early, but a struggle at the end.
It looked like Jacob deGrom got over the food poisoning which was ailing him in his last start against the Phillies. Unfortunately, things didn’t end well for the Mets co-ace.
He was simply magnificent in the early part of his outing Saturday afternoon, dominating the Red Sox through the first five innings of this game. The Red Sox were lost on his rising fastball, swinging and missing at one heater after the next.
But that probably wasn’t even his best pitch on Saturday. His change-up was filthy too, and he used it consistently on the outer half against the left-handed hitters.
However, DeGrom seemed to start to flame out in the sixth inning, perhaps because of all of the early strikeouts he racked up. He allowed a run when Pablo Sandoval doubled in Mookie Betts in the sixth inning. It was a good change-up that Sandoval just did a nice job driving. He allowed another run on a fielders choice in the inning hit to Daniel Murphy off the bat of Brock Holt, and surprisingly he found himself in a 2-0 hole.
Murphy probably should have tried for a play at the plate on that groundball, but he instead tried to turn a difficult double play to get deGrom out of the inning instead and it didn’t work out.
It was an unfortunate finish to what was looking like one of his best outings of the year over the first five innings. Of course, anytime the starter allows two runs in six innings, especially an ace, that should be enough for a win.
After the show the Mets put on in the previous ten days, it’s both shocking and disappointing they couldn’t support two good starts from their two best pitchers.
More middle relief problems.
Hansel Robles didn’t exactly help deGrom’s cause or the team’s cause when he entered in the seventh inning. He allowed a solo home run to Betts with two outs, which extended Boston’s lead to three runs.
It’s a problem which isn’t going away, regardless of who the manager inserts for the seventh inning. Of course, if deGrom didn’t have to battle so hard in the sixth, but this situation is not survivable for the Mets, obviously.
The Mets bats have gone pretty dead at this point, as the Red Sox pitching staff has done a pretty good job of shutting them down in the first two games of this series.
The Mets certainly had their chances, especially early when they got the first three lead off hitters they had on in this game and four of their first five. Joe Kelly was able to work around it thanks to a steady diet of change-ups specifically to the Mets lefties, tying them up with it for most of the afternoon.
It was written here several times over the last week, but the Mets have struggled quite a bit to score when they don’t hit a home run. It happened on Friday night when they had to fight their way to four runs thanks to an error in the outfield and two walks, and once again on Saturday when the Mets didn’t do a good job plating runners in scoring position.
To Boston’s credit, Kelly was great and they got some good glove work on the left side from Sandoval and Xander Bogaerts to rob the Mets late, especially in the seventh when Sandoval made a diving stop to save a two-out run scoring single from Wilmer Flores.
But in the end, the bats were very quiet once again. It’s a a little disturbing, considering how much Boston’s staff has struggled in 2015.
It’s funny – before the Mets were lights out at home, and couldn’t get out of their own way on the road. That’s switched recently, as the Mets are struggling a bit at Citi Field all of a sudden.
The Mets have now lost five games in a row at Citi Field – they’ve scored 11 runs in those five games.
The Mets bullpen has allowed seven of the nine runs Boston has scored in this series, a span of seven innings.
Eric O’Flaherty dodged trouble in the eighth for a scoreless frame.
Bartolo Colon pitched a scoreless inning of relief in the ninth, his first relief appearance since 2011.
The #Mets are 1-for-15 with runners in scoring position in this series.
In what could be considered a tryout or an experiment, Terry Collins has made an unexpected member of his pitching staff available in the bullpen on Saturday.
Collins said instead of throwing a side, Bartolo Colon is available to pitch in relief if needed against the Red Sox Saturday afternoon.
It stands to reason the Mets would consider this, as it appears unlikely Colon would be on a playoff roster as a starting pitcher, as they only need 3-4 starters in a Division Series, and four starters at most during a seven-game series.
Its not clear yet if the Mets intend to proceed with Colon in the bullpen thought the rest of the regular season.
If they do, they will have five starting pitchers available once Steven Matz is activated from the disabled list. Originally, the Mets planned to go with a six-man rotation soon after activating
The Mets are intent on skipping Noah Syndergaard in the rotation sooner rather than later. He will start tomorrow, but he’s then scheduled to start in Miami next Saturday, which would also be Steven Matz’s day to pitch as well. It would make the most sense to activate Matz and use him to skip Syndergaard on the road.
But the Mets could conceivably use Colon to skip Syndergaard as well, then transition Colon into a relief role and go with five starting pitchers the rest of the way with Colon as the swing-man.
That solution might present a challenge if the Met want to keep to the innings limits of their young starters, however.
Of course, all of that assumes Colon can even be successful in relief, something he has not done since 2011.