Friday, July 20, 2007

Mets had the relief they now need

In yesterday's game against the Dodgers in which Tom Glavine couldn't make it past the second inning, he was followed by three relievers: Aaron Sele, Aaron Heilman, and Guillermo Mota. Their ERAs, respectively, are 4.04, 4.02, and 5.96. Among their other relievers, Scott Schoeneweis has a 4.91 ERA. Let's compare that with four relievers whom the Mets got rid of before this season: Henry Owens, Matt Lindstrom, Royce Ring, and Heath Bell, also three righties and a lefty (Ring). Owens and Lindstrom are pitching for the Marlins; Ring and Bell are pitching for the Padres.

Bell's pitched in 47 games and has a 2.15 ERA. He's given up only 38 hits in 54.1 innings.

Ring's pitched in 13 games and has a 3.55 ERA.

Lindstrom's pitched in 41 games with a 3.76 ERA.

Owens has thrown in 22 games with a 1.96 ERA.

If I were the Mets GM I'd rather have Bell, Ring, Lindstrom, and Owens than Sele, Heilman, Mota, and Schoeneweis. Why the Mets decided to let them go indicates that something's askew in their decision-making process.

Is the reason that the Mets drafted so many relievers in the 2007 MLB Draft a sign that Minaya realizes a mistake was made and is trying to rectify it?

By the way, Heilman probably won't be with the Mets next season when his contract runs out because he wants to start and the Mets refuse to let him.

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