Coleman’s Corner: The Mets’ Bullpen Battle

By Ed Coleman
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The battle for the final spot – or spots – in the Mets bullpen is going down to the final days.

Jason Isringhausen and Blaine Boyer each threw scoreless innings in a 3-1 loss to St. Louis in Jupiter – and so did Taylor Buchholz, who has yet to give up a run this spring through 14 innings and 11 appearances.

By most projections, 6 of the 7 spots in the bullpen are locked up – closer Frankie Rodriguez, Bobby Parnell, D.J. Carrasco, Rule 5 draftee Pedro Beato, the lone lefty Tim Byrdak and Buchholz. That leaves Isringhausen, Boyer, Manny Acosta and Pat Misch all vying for the final spot.

Isringhausen is obviously the sentimental favorite, who knows that health is always an issue at his age.

But the way Izzy has felt this spring, he knows he can still get major league hitters out.

Manager Terry Collins was asked what Isringhausen could bring or mean to his bullpen.

And G.M. Sandy Alderson also feels Izzy’s experience weighs in his favor when comprising the mix in the pen.

Boyer is throwing the ball particularly well these days, and has given up just 1 run over 10 innings. As for where he’d prefer to be plying his trade this season?

Jon Niese started for the Mets in Jupiter on Sunday, went 5 innings and gave up 4 hits and 3 runs. He struck out three and his only walk was to opposing pitcher Kyle McClellan, but Allen Craig then followed with a two-run HR. Niese pronounced himself ready for the season.

He’ll face the Marlins and Ricky Nolasco next Saturday in game 2 of the season. McClellan, by the way, finished the spring with a 0.78 ERA to take the injured Adam Wainwright’s place in the Cardinals rotation.

Carlos Beltran again played 5 innings in right field in a minor league game in Port St. Lucie. Beltran went 2-5 at the plate and knocked in 3 runs. The next step will be determined on Monday, said Collins.

The Mets take on the Marlins on Monday in P.S.L. – Boof Bonser will get the start as R.A. Dickey – just back from the birth of his son – will face minor leaguers on a back field. Dickey will face Florida on Sunday in the opening series and thus wants to avoid facing them twice in a week.

C U soon
Eddie C.

Mets fans, pick one: Isringhausen, Boyer, Acosta or Misch. Make your case in the comments below…

Comments

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  1. carlton Willey says:

    Ithink yankee fans better worry about their pitching as opposed to paying attention to jersey sales. Feliciano looks like a soldi pick up lol

    1. Charles says:

      Yankees fans better worry about their pitching and this is coming from a Mets fan. METS HAVE NO PITCHING YOU IDIOT!!!!. EVEN WITH A HEALTHY SANTANA THEY STILL SUCK!!! & THERE’S NO SANTANA THIS YEAR. ISRINGHAUSEN WILL BE YOUR SET-UP MAN IN THE PEN, WHAT THAT TELLS YOU.

      Pirate’s fans are saying DAMN!! and we thought we had it bad. Now that’s funny

  2. pedro says:

    Lol…whats a yankee fan doin commenting on a mets blog. could u be a closet mets fan?
    But seriously…have u resorted to jersey sales now? HAHAHAHA! Jeters jersey is #1 but even the most ardent die hard yankee fan would hafta agree that he’s not the best player in possible. Jersey sales mean NOTHING idiot. All it means is that the yankees and red sox have the most bandwagon/fair weather fans. end of story

    1. Mets Suck..Really says:

      Don’t be a hater Pedro. You’re a fan of a LOSER team, sales of a jersey means people respect the value of a player. Tells us how many Mets fans wear Pelfrey’s & Bay’s jersey? none. Because Reyes, Beltran & Wright’s jerseys are not flying out of the shelves does not mean you should trash those players who’s jersey’s do sale. Your very jealous of that & it shows you crying little girl.

      Those players listed are all Hall of Fame players & their jerseys will someday have value. The same can’t be said about Reyes & Wright. They’re both over rated players that only Mets fans would consider great. You’re angry that the Mets suck, their future looks very dark, and other then the Madoff stuff, no one talks about the Mets. Enjoy your summer, I know we will.

    2. Vinnie from the Bronx says:

      What bandwagon? Mets attendance dropped 13% last year; so far this year they’ve sold only 600,000 season tickets. Those bandwagon Yankees fans you’re talking about were at one time Mets fans. They realized they have no future as Mets fans. They want to be fans of a winning team so the Yankees & Red Sox fit on what they’ve been praying for all their lives.

      Yankees attendance went up 6% last year, there’s a reason why & now we know, the 6% were Mets fans. Yankees already have BILLIONS of fans around the world, a few more fans is really no problem. I say welcome.

  3. mj says:

    STFU Troll.

    1. Vic says:

      Another happy Mets fan, not bragging now are you? LOL, LOL
      Reyes & Wright are the future is what we’ve been hearing for the last 7 years, future what? Not even Mets fans are buying their jerseys. LOL,LOL,LOL

  4. Vic says:

    The Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies account for half of the top 18 jerseys: Derek Jeter (1), Alex Rodriguez (9) and Mark Teixiera (11) of the Yankees, Dustin Pedroia (8) and Jacoby Ellsbury (16) of the Red Sox and Roy Halladay (3), Chase Utley (4), Cliff Lee (5) and Ryan Howard (18) of the Phillies.

    Gee, no Reyes & Wright, you would think with the way Mets fans brag about both that they would be in the top 5.

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