Terry Collins has found his bridge for the bullpen in Addison Reed
It took about 130 games or so, but it would appear Terry Collins has found the glue for his bullpen, specifically in the seventh inning.
On Monday, Addison Reed – who was acquired from the Diamondbacks in exchange for two minor leaguers on August 30 – pitched a scoreless eighth inning to setup Jeurys Familia for a save chance in the ninth inning.
His outing on Monday was an extension of a fabulous run for Reed since joining the Mets, as has continued his second half resurgence after spending a portion of the 2014 in the minor leagues.
He has allowed only six hits with two walks with 11 strikeouts in nine innings with the Mets. His success in short relief has given Terry Collins the tool he needs to stabilize his relief corps, as he pronounced Reed his man for the seventh inning after Monday’s 4-3 win over the Marlins.
“He’s the guy, no doubt,” manager Terry Collins Monday night.
Perhaps the most significant attribute Reed has brought to the Mets is his versatility as a reliever. He’s not only been exceptional in either the seventh or the eighth innings, but he’s also proven he can step up and close out a game if needed with next to no worry.
Of course, he has notched 105 big league saves in his career as the closer for both the White Sox and Diamondbacks from 2012-2014.
He could prove to be one of the most underrated pickups for the Mets this summer. The bullpen had been a constant source of vulnerability for the club, as had their bullpen in general which suffered so much fluctuation, instability, and inconsistent performance. But Reed has helped not only restore stability and credibility to the Mets bullpen, but his versatility has allowed Terry Collins to rest both Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia without missing a beat.
It’s his presence which quite possibly completes the Mets, and sets the stage for what the organization now hopes is a long and successful run through October.