Posted by Christopher Soto at 8:00 AM
Adam Rubin | ESPN New York- If the surging New York Mets have one major vulnerability, it is in the bullpen leading into Tyler Clippard and Jeurys Familia. And it is particularly related to left-handed relief. With Jerry Blevins having refractured his left forearm in a fall, the Amazin's have become dependent upon recently acquired Eric O'Flaherty to retire lefty batters. After getting charged with three runs in the eighth inning of the Mets' 9-4 win on Wednesday, lefty batters are now hitting .474 (9-for-19) against O'Flaherty as a Met. “We’ve got to get that shored up,” Collins said. “No question about it."
(Chris Soto: O'Flaherty has been terrible since coming over to Queens and is quite frankly doing more harm then good right now. With the team only 4 days away from expanded rosters, they will likely take advantage of the opportunity and call Dario Alvarez back up. We could also see the potential addition of Josh Smoker to the 40 man roster and then see him subsequently called up as well.)
(Chris Soto: Wait...when did Eric Young Jr end up back on the Mets? He could be quite the valuable weapon down the stretch as a pure pinch runner in the late innings. Of course adding him would require a 40 man roster move as well. For the first time in a while it doesn't seem that the club is going to calling guys up for showcases, rather, they are going to call up useful pieces that can improve the team's chances of winning games.)
Mike Puma | New York Post- Jose Reyes told the Denver Post he would welcome a trade from the last-place Rockies. “I’m at the point in my career that I want to win,” Reyes said. “I say it over and over. I want to win. I don’t want to spend the rest of my career on a last-place team. That’s not the kind of player I feel like I am. “We’ll see what happens here. But in the next couple years, I don’t want to waste my time like that.” Reyes is still owed more than $56 million through 2017.
(Chris Soto: No...No....A thousand times....No. Why are some so adamant about bringing Jose Reyes back? He's not even 75% of the player he used to be when he was originally a Met. Yea he's still hitting .278 on the season, but the speed is greatly diminished [Only 20 steals in 2015], he's horrid defensively [-10 Defensive Runs Saved in 2015], and his power is slowly disappearing [6 HR's vs 15 per year as a Met]. That's not even taking into account that he hasn't had a fully healthy season since 2012.)