Even though the Mets’ bullpen ranks 13th in the NL with a 4.09 ERA and 14th with a .261 BAA, there has been many positive developments as opposed to 2011-2012 when Sandy Alderson was forced to completely revamp the pen and hit the reset button.
Before suffering a herniated disk in his neck that was operated on last week, Bobby Parnell was establishing himself as one of the league’s top closers, using his knuckle curve to finally grow into the role and post some gaudy numbers. By all accounts, he should be ready for Spring Training.
Another nice surprise was 31-year old rookie Scott Rice. It may have taken the southpaw more than 13 years to get to the majors, but once he arrived he became a staple in the Mets pen. His 73 appearances leads the team and the league and you can bet he’ll be back next season.
One of the more remarkable performers out of the pen has come from LaTroy Hawkins who signed a minor league deal with the Mets last offseason. The 40-year old righthander was already...