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  • 2019 Bullpen - Is This BP Better Then '18?

    https://twitter.com/SNYtv/status/
    Drew's Sig

  • #2
    If none of the young guys show significant stuff in spring training, then yes that very well could be the bullpen.

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    • #3
      From MLBTR - "Checking In On The Worst Bullpens of 2018" - here is the entry regarding the Mets

      Mets (minus-0.6 fWAR; projected season-opening bullpen): Unlike the Royals and Marlins, the Mets are making a real effort to win in 2019. As a result, the bullpen has been a key area of focus for new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who has swung a blockbuster trade to reel in arguably the best closer in baseball (ex-Mariner Edwin Diaz) and spent a combined $40MM on free agents Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson this winter. Diaz, Familia and Wilson will join Seth Lugo, who was outstanding in 2018, and Robert Gsellman to give the Mets no fewer than five capable relievers.

      Perhaps the Mets will also benefit from less heralded pickups in Luis Avilan and Arquimedes Caminero, whom they signed to minors deals, and Rule 5 pick Kyle Dowdy. Regardless, New York’s new cast of relievers looks a whole lot better than last year’s bullpen, which relied too much on the likes of Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, Jacob Rhame, Tim Peterson and Anthony Swarzak, among other ineffective options, en route to a 4.96 ERA. Sewald, Rhame and Peterson are still in the organization, albeit as depth pieces, while Blevins and Swarzak are now gone. All things considered, ZIPS expects the Mets’ revamped bullpen to end up as one of the majors’ best in 2019.
      https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2019/...s-of-2018.html

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      • saxon
        saxon commented
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        IMO, the bullpen appears pretty decent...at least until injuries, but you can't predict that

    • #4
      Checking In On The Worst Bullpens Of 2018


      by CONNOR BYRNE
      3 Feb 2019 at 12:46 PM CDT

      The importance of having a dominant bullpen was on display in 2018, when four of the majors’ five best relief units in terms of fWAR helped pitch their teams to the postseason. On the other hand, four of the league’s five worst relief corps (and nine of the game’s bottom 10) watched the playoffs from home. So now, with the spring fast approaching, where do last year’s bottom-feeding bullpens stand? As you’ll see below, at least one has made major improvements this winter, but the rest look iffier. While there’s still time for these teams to add help from a free-agent class that remains awash with veterans, this quintet’s bullpen-related heavy lifting may be all but complete for the offseason.

      Mets (minus-0.6 fWAR; projected season-opening bullpen): Unlike the Royals and Marlins, the Mets are making a real effort to win in 2019. As a result, the bullpen has been a key area of focus for new Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen, who has swung a blockbuster trade to reel in arguably the best closer in baseball (ex-Mariner Edwin Diaz) and spent a combined $40MM on free agents Jeurys Familia and Justin Wilson this winter. Diaz, Familia and Wilson will join Seth Lugo, who was outstanding in 2018, and Robert Gsellman to give the Mets no fewer than five capable relievers.

      Perhaps the Mets will also benefit from less heralded pickups in Luis Avilan and Arquimedes Caminero, whom they signed to minors deals, and Rule 5 pick Kyle Dowdy. Regardless, New York’s new cast of relievers looks a whole lot better than last year’s bullpen, which relied too much on the likes of Paul Sewald, Jerry Blevins, Jacob Rhame, Tim Peterson and Anthony Swarzak, among other ineffective options, en route to a 4.96 ERA. Sewald, Rhame and Peterson are still in the organization, albeit as depth pieces, while Blevins and Swarzak are now gone. All things considered, ZIPS expects the Mets’ revamped bullpen to end up as one of the majors’ best in 2019.

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      • #5
        Is This BP Better Then '18?

        Does a bear crap in the woods?

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        • saxon
          saxon commented
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          only if someone's there to step in it

      • #6
        Lugo, Gsellman, Wilson, Familia, Diaz .Strong 5, and you would think one of those young arms from last year will take a step forward as well. I think the Mets bullpen will be at least top 10 in the league if guys stay healthy .

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        • #7
          Bullpens are notoriously hard to predict year over year, but this one gets significantly better just by adding Diaz. No one is a sure thing but he's about as close as you can get in terms of a young arm who had elite statistics across the board last year. Then when you bring back Familia as a setup man with a very different arsenal of pitches it's looking pretty good.

          Finally if they can add a fifth starter and move Vargas to long relief, it becomes MUCH more reliable overall. There's a lot of depth here and and array of good arms and styles.

          Last year we knew there would be issues (though the disaster of Blevins in particular was a surprise) but never expected it would be that awful. They've made an effort to really address the needs.

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          • #8
            and move Vargas to long relief
            Could happen and might even work, but Vargas hasn't pitched out of the pen since he became a rotation regular in 2009 and for his career only 41 of his 1490 IP were in relief. And with an ERA of 5.99 it was a relief to get him out of the pen.

            Vargas had a very poor start to last season, starting the season on the DL and then returning to the DL after 7 weeks-9 GS-38 IP and an ERA of 8.60.

            After 5 weeks he returned to the rotation at the end of July and made 11 starts, excluding one total disaster 0.1 IP and 3 ER he pitched to a 3.39 ERA, 3+:1 K:BB ratio and less than 1 HR/9. If that is what we can get from the 5th man, most would take it and run.

            I would think that long relief would be in the capable hands of Gsellman and Lugo

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            • #9
              It really is amazing how the first half of the season is so entrenched in fans' minds that the second half is somehow lost. I'm OK with Vargas as the #5 but it doesn't seem that the team is with the latest Gonzalez/Keuchel talk. It could be a smokescreen but this team does need a little more depth on the pitching staff.

              When were those 41 IP in relief? Early in his career or recently?

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