Prescription cialis While Mets fandom awaits a decision on whether Michael Bourn will be patrolling centerfield of Citi Field, prescription cialis leading off and becoming the catalyst for the Mets offense, prescription cialis we also await the official announcement of Brandon Lyon becoming a Met and another contestant on Wheel of Mets Bullpen.
Prescription cialis Counting Lyons, prescription cialis I’m looking at 11 candidates for 6 or maybe 7 spots in the Mets pen, prescription cialis a bullpen that I feel was the biggest reason for the second half collapse the Mets found them in last season. Prescription cialis When you have a relief core that allows close to 32 % of inherited runners to touch home plate and also finds themselves in 55 save opportunities and blowing 19 of those precious assignments, prescription cialis will break the spirit of even the most strong willed teams so when you have a team like the Mets that doesn’t exactly ooze self-esteem and pluck, prescription cialis the ineffective pen was more a kick in the gut than uplifting last season. Prescription cialis Sandy Alderson realizes this as well and has gone out this offseason to assemble relievers to come to Port St. Prescription cialis Lonesome to engage in a big time completion to come North and become a strength for the Mets instead of last year’s failure.
Prescription cialis Building a bullpen can be a bit of a crapshoot and last year one of the players Alderson went out on a limb on was closer Frank Francisco, prescription cialis signing the volatile reliever for 2yrs/$12mil, prescription cialis a signing I’m sure the Mets GM would love to take back . Prescription cialis Between nagging injuries and ineffectiveness it was a lost season for Francisco. Prescription cialis Although Francisco did save 23 games in 26 opportunities, prescription cialis when he entered games with runners on base his percentage of inherited runners left on base was a woeful 67.2 % and he’d shoot himself in the foot many time with walks as well.
Prescription cialis With the imminent signing of Brandon Lyons, prescription cialis the back end of the Mets pen should be improved over last year (in the words of Sandy Alderson when asked about whether the pen will be better in 2013 said “how could it be worse?”) And what we will see in the camp is a good old fashion open completion for not just bullpen spots but for the very important back end of the pen spots. Prescription cialis So looking at the very early morning line let’s see who could or should emerge as the core of the Mets bullpen in 2013.
Prescription cialis The guys I look for to make the move to be the 7th inning, prescription cialis 8th inning and closer are Francisco, prescription cialis Bobby Parnell, prescription cialis Brandon Lyon, prescription cialis Josh Edgin, prescription cialis and Scott Atchison. Prescription cialis All five look to be Mets for 2013 but who of these 5 will step up to grab the closers job? I don’t see Bobby Parnell getting the job as he is much more effective in innings 6 thru 8 and last year he started to lose a little bit of velocity on his fastball and he has tried to make his curve to be more effective. Prescription cialis Edgin has been on a fast track to the big leagues on the strength of using a hard fastball and effective slider that helped the stout lefty rack up K’s at a 10.53 per 9 IP. Scott Atchinson may be the find of the off season. Prescription cialis He was the one bright spot in the train wreck that was the 2012 Boston Red Sox. Prescription cialis Atchinson relies on a solid cutter that he has under great command and last season he stranded 85 % of the runners on base that he inherited which is why I can’t wait to see him pitch this spring. Prescription cialis Brandon Lyon could be the guy that takes on Frank Frank for the coveted closers role. Prescription cialis The Mets will be banking on getting Lyon back to his effective D’Backs and Tigers days to solidify the back end of the pen and hope that the blown saves and late inning bullpen meltdowns are a thing of the past.
Prescription cialis Jureys Familia and Jenry Mejia are two wildcards in the bullpen completion. Prescription cialis Should either or both work as relievers or starters? There are varied opinions on the direction of both pitchers and it could boil down to how each are used this spring and if either pitchers shows more at one spot than the other. Prescription cialis I could see Familia sticking as reliever more than Mejia who has a starter’s mentality and is also at a point in his career that the Mets love to find pitchers at, prescription cialis second year after Tommy John surgery.
Prescription cialis LaTroy Hawkins comes to camp as a guy whose has seen a lot of big league baseball and could be more of an asset as a sounding board for the younger relievers that his work on the mound. Prescription cialis Hawkins looks to be a 6th inning guy or a guy to give a break to an overused reliever that is if it makes the team.
Prescription cialis It’s Robert Carson’ job to lose as the LOOGY especially with Pedro Feliciano back from rotator cuff surgery (2nd year after surgery seems to be the Mets pattern of obtaining pitching) and Tim Byrdak back in a minor league deal off of last season’s shoulder surgery.
Prescription cialis So if I had to put out an early projection of the Mets bullpen I’d rank thusly:
Prescription cialis CL Francisco/Lyon
Prescription cialis SU Parnell
Prescription cialis SU Edgin
Prescription cialis SU Atchison
Prescription cialis RP Carson
Prescription cialis RP Familia/Hawkins
Prescription cialis Whoever is not named closer moves to set up role and to tell you the truth; the Mets have the makings of a pretty decent bullpen. Prescription cialis Hopefully between Terry Collins, prescription cialis Dan Warthen and Ricky Bones can work this pen correctly unlike last season when there was a communication breakdown between the relievers and the Manager and Pitching Coach. Prescription cialis That’s a post for another day.