I know what you might be thinking with the title of this post: “Yeah, but it’s too little, too late.”
You would be correct and in full disclosure, I think the signing of Jon Rauch was a mistake. However, give credit where credit is due, as we should applaud Rauch for helping the stopping of the bleeding, as he is keeping up his end of the bargain of late.
Take last night’s game for example.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, while holding on to a 2-1 lead over the San Francisco Giants, and after Tim Byrdak got out his only lefty batter, Rauch easily got out the next two batters to preserve a 2-1 lead. It was a game the Mets would eventually hold on to win after Bobby Parnell slammed the door shut in the ninth.
While we, collectively as fans, still cannot fully trust the bullpen, it is encouraging that Rauch is finally settling down and finding a groove of late. In his last 13 appearances (spanning 9.1 innings pitched), Rauch has given up only one run on just four hits and two walks...