Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 5/31/12

When they brought Bobby Parnell in for a tiring Dillon Gee on Wednesday, I was running through all the times Parnell had come in this season, gotten big outs, and was thinking that this was the first time in a long time that Parnell entered a ballgame and I wasn't scared to death. I barely got the word "death" out of my thought process when Carlos Ruiz sent one sailing over the left field fence to tie the game at 3-3 in the seventh.

And then the real fun began as Jon Rauch gave up the go ahead run in the eighth, and then ... wait for it ... six runs in the ninth! Three of them came on a Jimmy Rollins home run who was clearly trying to take Keith Hernandez's head off in the Pepsi Porch. He missed, but he hit right in the middle of Ramon Ramirez's heart. Then Chris Schwinden was brought in to mop up, but it helps if you mop with an actual mop and not with an ice pick because Schwinden's idea of mopping up was giving up two more runs.

This is not good ... Terry Collins is running out of guys to cut. It's one thing to cut Carrasco and Acosta and their combine ERA of 148.93, but now what? You can't cut the whole lot of them. Try as you might, Parnell and Ramirez have to stay. If the rest of them can't do much better, then what the hell are the Mets supposed to do? This bullpen has already wasted a handful of wins for starters. And on Wednesday, they not only wasted two Lucas Duda home runs ... both off lefties (!!!) but they also wasted the youthful exuberance of Daniel Murphy.

This was Murphy after scoring the first run:


And then this was him after Lucas' first home run where he looked like he was howling at the moon (right under the scorebug):


Daniel Murphy has been transformed into Teen Wolf, and it's all down the drain thanks to this rancid bullpen we have. (Don't believe that Murphy is howling at the moon? He's hitting .354 in day games and .252 at night going into Wednesday.) And we can't even blame Frangag Frantsisk for this one. Figures that this 10-6 loss would come after Omar Minaya coming out and saying the Mets might make the playoffs.

In a reflex move, after the interview Minaya traded for Bartolo Colon and signed Moises Alou before realizing he doesn't work for the Mets any more.

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