Sunday, August 3, 2008

Deja Vu Feeling Disturbing

The overworked bullpen keeps blowing games. Billy Wagner is having health issues. Players are getting thrown out stealing third with two outs. Is this disturbingly sounding like 2007?

Of course, one thing that has been different is that Jose Reyes has been sparking the offense routinely getting multiple hit games. The offense only recently has reverted back to not getting clutch hits. That can easily turn back around.

The bullpen though could be a continuing problem. Eddie Kunz looked nervous entering today making a poor throw to first base that sailed over the head of Delgado although he did regain his composure and get a double play to get out of the inning. The monkeys have requested the Mets call up Kunz for a couple of weeks and he is going to need to perform. Still, Heilman is being asked to do too much and he hasn't been able to do it. Duaner Sanchez is showing the effects of the innings piling up after not pitching for a year and a half. Joe Smith has slumped of late. Pedro Feliciano is not having the year he had last year. Another reinforcement would help though Kunz seems like it from the minors unless Ambi Burgoss has an accelerated recovery which seems unliklely or Bobby Parnell is converted to the bullpen. Omar will be and should be scouring the waiver wire for bullpen help.

The Phillies have some of their own issues as Cole Hamels seems to be hitting a wall making the ancient Jamie Moyer their most reliable starting pitcher. The Marlins pitching and defense is still below par. One of these flawed teams will win the division. The Mets need to get some answers for the bullpen if they are to be the one.

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