The New York Mets have the worst bullpen ERA in the the majors. Wednesday night against the Phillies Mets fans saw more struggles for the bullpen after giving up eight earned runs in just three innings of work.
The Mets are a team that is built around a lot of no name players besides for David Wright and they win games by playing the game right. They are not a flashy team, but they run the bases well do most of the intangibles that a team needs to do and there is a great comradery between the players.
That being said, the Mets are also a team that has to limit its mistakes to win ball games. Some of the more high-powered teams like the Texas Rangers can make up for pitching mistakes with their great hitting or make up for lack of hitting with their great pitching. The Mets can get on base but struggle driving in runs. This puts a greater emphasis on the bullpen closing tight games. To date, they have not done a good job of that.
Elvin Ramirez looks to help the shaky bullpen as he has been called up from Triple-A today. So far this season in Buffalo, Ramirez has not given up a run in 14 innings of work and has a strikeout to walk ratio of 19/1. Overall, in both AA and AAA, Ramirez has posted an ERA of 0.65 in 27 innings of work. He has proven that he has what it takes to join the Mets bullpen as they continue to try and find the right players to close out games.
This weekend the Mets will be going against the St. Louis Cardinals who have one of the best pitching staffs in the league. Adam Wainwright has struggled so far this season but he is still a quality pitcher who is capable of pitching a gem during any start. He will being going against Johan Santana which means tonight could be a pitching duel and an early opportunity for Ramirez to shine.
There is a good chance this game will be close and if the Mets are winning, it will be interesting to see if Terry Collins puts Ramirez into the game to give him an early test. Hopefully he does if the opportunity comes up. As of now, there isn’t any reliable arms in the bullpen and the Mets need to find out early if he is an arm they want to keep.
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