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Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia Have Become Lethal 1-2 Punch for New York Mets’ Bullpen
July 24th, 2014 at 8:53 AM
For years, the New York Mets struggled to put a bullpen together. The Mets have rolled through various high and low cost veterans for the past five years trying to find a mix of relievers that could effectively close games for them. No combination has worked, causing the Mets to...

New York Mets Will Have Rotation Decision When Dillon Gee Returns
June 24th, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Dillon Gee is closing in on a return to the New York Mets. Gee is expected to pitch in a rehab game today with the Gulf Coast League Mets, and will likely need one more rehab start before rejoining the Mets' rotation next week. When Gee returns, the New York...

New York Mets Will Add Andrew Brown to Roster Thursday
June 4th, 2014 at 4:16 PM
After carrying four bench players and 13 pitchers for a few days, the New York Mets are set to go back to having a normal bullpen tomorrow. Andrew Brown is on his way to join the team in Chicago from Las Vegas, and would join the club as its fifth...

Minor League Mondays: Vic Black Making Case for Major League Bullpen
May 19th, 2014 at 3:55 PM
The New York Mets' bullpen has been in a state of flux for the majority of the season. After closer Bobby Parnell went down on Opening Day, the Mets have shuffled relievers all around the bullpen trying to find the right mix of arms. One man who has been forgotten...

How Can the Mets Fix the Bullpen?
May 17th, 2014 at 12:07 AM
It's been a busy week for the New York Mets' transaction wire, as nine players have been either called up or sent down in the past seven days. Change was imminent, as the ballclub has been struggling mightily in May, posting a 4-11 record following Friday night's loss to Washington....

New York Mets Call up Rafael Montero and Jacob DeGrom
May 13th, 2014 at 10:12 AM
The New York Mets have been working on refining the edges of their roster over the last week and a half to try and improve the team. The Mets started by bringing up Wilmer Flores to play shortstop and swapping out Josh Satin for Eric Campbell in the hopes of...

New York Mets Will Try Jacob DeGrom and Rafael Montero in Las Vegas Bullpen
May 4th, 2014 at 11:04 AM
Sooner or later, the New York Mets are going to have a dilemma on their hands. The Mets have a full starting rotation at the moment, but they have a trio of pitchers in Triple-A who could probably contribute in the major leagues right now. The Las Vegas 51's rotation...

Carlos Torres Quietly Becoming the Iron Man of New York Mets’ Bullpen
April 30th, 2014 at 7:23 PM
At the beginning of the season, Carlos Torres wasn't expected to be a huge factor in the New York Mets' bullpen. Torres was in the group as the team's swingman, ready to go multiple innings in the event a starter got knocked out early. That went out the window on...

Closing Games May Be Roller Coaster Ride for New York Mets
April 25th, 2014 at 12:19 PM
Aside from teams with elite closers, like Atlanta's Craig Kimbrel, the turnover rate in the closer's role is very high. Nearly half the teams in the major leagues will end up changing closers during a given season for different reasons, primarily injury and poor performance. The New York Mets know...

New York Mets’ Pitching Staff Giving up Home Runs at Alarming Rate
April 14th, 2014 at 11:54 AM
***PHOTO1*** One of the lowlights of yesterday's 14-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels was the number of home runs the New York Mets' pitching staff allowed. Starter Bartolo Colon surrendered four home runs on the day, including three consecutive homers in the first inning. Reliever John Lannan gave up the...

New York Mets to Attend Showcase Event for Reliever Joel Hanrahan
April 11th, 2014 at 4:58 PM
With the loss of Bobby Parnell for the season, the New York Mets are looking to add some depth to their bullpen. Parnell's absence has forced set up man Jose Valverde to become the closer of the moment, but Valverde's recent track record has been spotty to say the least....

Bobby Parnell to Miss Remainder of Season and Undergo Tommy John Surgery
April 7th, 2014 at 10:40 AM
In a piece of news that wasn't entirely unexpected, the New York Mets announced last night that relief pitcher Bobby Parnell will undergo Tommy John surgery. Parnell, who had one ineffective outing on Opening Day, underwent an MRI earlier in the week that revealed he had a partially torn medial...

New York Mets to Add Kyle Farnsworth and Wilmer Flores Wednesday
April 1st, 2014 at 1:50 PM
The New York Mets announced that they will be adding a pair of players to their roster on Wednesday. The Mets will promote Kyle Farnsworth from Triple-A Las Vegas to replace Bobby Parnell on the roster. Farnsworth will likely become the Mets' primary set up man as Jose Valverde assumes...

Bobby Parnell Has Partial MCL Tear in Pitching Elbow
April 1st, 2014 at 12:39 PM
One of the more concerning aspects of yesterday's loss for the New York Mets was the performance of closer Bobby Parnell. Parnell struggled while blowing a save in a 9-7 Mets loss, and his velocity was down as well. The loss of velocity and lack of movement on some pitches...

Mets Add Reliever Jose Valverde to 40-Man Roster
March 27th, 2014 at 12:49 AM
The New York Mets announced Wednesday that they have added veteran relief pitcher Jose Valverde to the 40-man roster, indicating he'll make the 2014 Opening Day roster. Valverde, 36, was signed to a minor league deal in February and has made the most of his camp invite, going 1-0 with...

Vic Black Will Start Season in Minors
March 26th, 2014 at 12:21 PM
Vic Black's rough spring has come back to haunt him. Black entered the spring as the favorite to land the setup job behind closer Bobby Parnell, but he got roughed up to the tune of a 5.79 ERA. Black allowed 13 hits and 10 walks in 9.1 innings. In what...

Kyle Farnsworth Opts Out of Contract
March 24th, 2014 at 12:15 AM
A few days ago, we broke down the bullpen competition for the New York Mets. One man who figured to be losing his battle for a roster spot was Kyle Farnsworth. Farnsworth was competing with Jose Valverde to fill LaTroy Hawkins' role as primary setup man for closer Bobby Parnell...

New York Mets’ Bullpen Starting to Take Shape
March 19th, 2014 at 3:44 PM
One hallmark of Sandy Alderson's tenure as New York Mets general manager has been to avoid overspending for bullpen help. After a couple of big signings for the unit blew up in his face in 2012, Alderson cut back his spending last season and produced one of the more efficient...

John Lannan Makes Final Start of Spring in 6-4 Loss to St. Louis Cardinals
March 12th, 2014 at 5:10 PM
The battle for the final spot in the New York Mets' starting rotation looked to be a three man competition between Jenrry Mejia, John Lannan, and Daisuke Matsuzaka. The battle has taken an interesting twist, however, given the Mets' first round of cuts in the bullpen. The Mets re-assigned four...

New York Mets Get Strong Outing from Zack Wheeler in Sping Win Over Atlanta Braves
March 9th, 2014 at 6:22 PM
New York Mets' pitcher Zack Wheeler certainly isn't shy in confidence. Wheeler told reporters when he arrived at spring training that he was aiming to be the team's Opening Day starter. Even though the Mets are very unlikely to give Wheeler a shot at the Opening Day gig, he will...