Now that the 2013 season has concluded, Mets 101 will be taking a look at how the New York Mets performed in the 2013 season. Over the next three days we will look at how the offense, starting pitching, and bullpen performed over the course of the season. Today we will look at the Mets' bullpen.
After we looked at the Mets' strong starting pitching staff yesterday, today we will take a look at the bullpen. The Mets' bullpen has been the equivalent of throwing gasoline on an open fire over the last few years, but the Mets got some better performances out of their relievers this season. In this article, the Mets 101 staff takes a look at how each aspect of the bullpen performed.
Closers: Bobby Parnell earned the closer's chair out of spring training following Frank Francisco's injury and thrived with it. Parnell earned 22 saves in 26 opportunities, and was 5-5 with a 2.16 ERA in 50 appearances. Parnell's strong season was cut short with a neck injury, leading to LaTroy Hawkins finishing the year as the Mets' stopper. Hawkins had been a strong influence on the Mets' young relievers throughout the season, and he seemed to find the fountain of youth at age 41. Hawkins was 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA in 72 appearances, and collected 13 saves in 16 opportunities. The deposed Frank Francisco was missing in action for most of the season, rehabbing an arm injury in Port St. Lucie before returning to the Mets in September. Francisco was limited to mostly mop-up duty upon his return, but he did pick up a win and a save in his eight appearances.
Lefties: The Mets had another adventurous year with lefty specialists. The Mets broke camp with Scott Rice, who led the team in appearances with 73. Rice went 4-5 with a 3.71 ERA in 73 appearances, but he limited lefties to a .244 batting average before being lost for the season with a sports hernia injury in September. Josh Edgin started the year in the bullpen and was dumped to Triple-A after struggling in April, but he was recalled after fellow lefty Rob Carson struggled in July. Edgin was 1-1 with a 3.77 ERA in 34 appearances before being lost for the year with a stress fracture in his rib cage. Carson was a lost cause for the Mets, struggling with the long ball throughout the year before being demoted to Triple-A in June. Carson made a cameo later in the year and was demoted again, finishing the season with an 8.24 ERA after giving up more long balls.
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The second half of the season featured a veteran flavor among the left handers. Long time Met Pedro Feliciano made his season debut in August and got a decent amount of work in the last two months of the year. Feliciano was 0-2 with a 3.97 ERA in 25 appearances on the year, being used pretty much as solely a lefty specialist. The Mets also welcomed back Tim Byrdak in September after he missed over a year rehabbing a torn capsule in his pitching shoulder. Byrdak's comeback was not very successful, pitching to a 7.71 ERA in eight appearances. The last lefty the Mets used this year was Sean Henn, who was simply a bullpen arm over the last month. Henn pitched to a 3.38 ERA in four appearances.
Set Up Men: The Mets started the year with Brandon Lyon as their setup man, and he flopped. Lyon pitched to a 4.98 ERA in 37 games before being waived. The Mets then rotated a collection of arms through the set up role, primarily using Hawkins in the role. Others who contributed as set up men included David Aardsma (2-2, 4.31 ERA), Jeurys Familia (4.22 ERA in nine appearances, although his year was cut short due to injury), and Gonzalez Germen (1-2, 3.93 ERA).
Middle Men: The Mets had a litany of middle relievers throughout the year. The newest man in the group was reliever Vic Black, who was acquired in the Marlon Byrd trade in August. Black started in middle relief and earned a setup role quickly, compiling a save and four holds and pitching to a 3.46 ERA in 15 appearances. Scott Atchison had a decent year for the Mets (3-3, 4.37 ERA) but missed some time in the middle of the season due to injury. Starter Carlos Torres dabbled in the bullpen as well, although his primary contributions to the team came as a member of the starting rotation. The last man in this group was middle reliever Greg Burke, who was this year's most popular guest on the Las Vegas Shuttle. After spending most of the first two months with the Mets, Burke yo-yoed between the Mets and the 51's based on the team's roster needs due to the fact that he was the only reliever in that bullpen with an option remaining. Burke's effectiveness decreased the more he rode the shuttle, as he finished the year with a 5.68 ERA in 32 appearances.
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