Last night was not the bullpen’s fault. It mostly falls on the bats. But SI.com has a piece from the very smart people at Baseball Prospectus, which put numbers behind everything we’ve seen from the Mets’ ineffective ‘pen.
You can check out the piece here. It gets technical, but has several interesting points, including:
1. The Mets bullpen really has been successful exploiting matchups; it just happens to be the worst in baseball when the matchup doesn’t go in their favor. The difference is that stark.
2. Every regular reliever has an ERA of 4.50 and up in the second half, even Joe Smith.
3. This ‘pen would be one of the 10 worst to ever qualify for the postseason. Only two of those teams won series, so Jerry Manuel and David Wright’s take that the Mets will settle in once they qualify may not hold up statistically.
4. This is the most incredible stat I’ve heard all year: The Mets have played more games tied or ahead through six innings than any team in baseball this year. Of course, they’ve lost 28 of those, also the most in the majors.
Anyway, great job by BP’s Jay Jaffe, so I thought I’d pass it along.