Posted by Mack Ade at 10:00 AM
This was a tough weekend to be a Mets fan. They went to bed Thursday night a first place team only to have their top three starters, Noah Syndergaard, Jake deGrom, and Matt Harvey, come up with no wins in the next three games in dreaded Miami.
The three pitchers mentioned above combined for 19.1 innings pitched, gave up only four earned runs, and struck out 22 batters You know what I preach all the time. Give me starters that give you seven innings an outing and give up three or less runs. The numbers this past weekend were way ahead of this objective.
The problem was that the relief pitchers in this game pitched a combined 6.1 innings, gave up six runs, and struck out six.
Yes, both Robert Gsellman and Zack Wheeler also had tough outings earlier that week, but the heart of this team is the big three listed above.
It seemed like the entire Mets bullpen caved at the same time. And the last two you would have expected to blow up would be either Fernando Salas or Addison Reed. But was this, as most Mets writers and bloggers have written, a complete destruction of the Mets pen?
Yes Sales and Reed gave up five runs in a combined 1.1 innings pitched, but only one other reliever (Josh Edgin) gave up a run (in 1.2-IP) in these three mentioned games. In fact, the combined stats for Josh Smoker, Hansel Robles, Rafael Montero, and Jerry Blevens were 5-appearances, 3.1-IP, 0-R, 0.00.
No, it was a bad weekend, but I would open the gate and let either Salas or Reed onto the playing field any day of the week.
Bad weekend, but not the end of the world.