This would be a good time to also take a look at how the Mets bullpen has performed so far this season, what the status of some of the walking wounded are, and what might be some changed we can look for in May.
First of all, I always have a hard time trying to figure out how to evaluate relievers. I know I can't use earned run averages because it simply isn't fair. These guys are brought into ballgames for specific short range reasons and you could have a guy that has given the team, oh, let's say six or seven great outings in a row. Then, he hangs one curve, a ball is hit over the fence, and his overall ERA (bases on runs/9 innings) soar.
On the other hand, what if there were three runners on when that ball went over the fence. Those three runs don't get charged to this pitcher which I never have thought is fair either.
It's too late for me to go back and figure out how many runs were charged against other pitchers while one of these guys were throwing, but what I can do is tell you how many of their relief appearances so far this season have been quality ones.
Jeurys Familia - Appearances: 12 Quality Appearances: 10 - Familia's two 'non-quality' stints' were where he gave up one run in one inning each
Buddy Carlyle - Appearances: 9 Quality Appearances: 7 - only two bad outing (4-19, Miami) where Carlyle gave up 2-ER in 1.0-IP... and loaded the bases in the 9th inning on 4-30 against the Nats (Jack Leathersich gave up a double and three runs were charged to Carlyle.
Sean Gilmartin - Appearances: 8 Quality Appearances: 6 - the other two outings were where Gilmartin gave up one run each in 0.1 innings pitched. His last four outings were quality ones.
Alex Torres - Appearances: 11 Quality appearances: 9 - Torres' first outing was horrible (2-ER in 0.1-IP) but, then didn't give up a run in the next 7.0 innings he has pitched (in 8 outings) until Wednesday night
Eric Goeddel - Appearances: 7 Quality appearances: 7 - has not given up a run in all 7 appearances
Carlos Torres - Appearances: 12 - quality appearances: 10 - Torres has given up only three runs, all in one appearance against Miami, until Tuesday night (again, Miami). The rest of them: 8-G, 6.0-IP, 0-R, 2-H
Hansel Robles - Appearances: 2 Quality appearances: 1
Jack Leathersich - Appearances: 2 Quality appearances: 1 - gave up a 3-run double on 4-30 to the Nats.
Projected future changes - Both veterans Vic Black and Bobby Parnell are expected to come back to the bullpen sometime in May. In addition, the Mets still have to solve what to do with Rafael Montero and Dillon Gee.