Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 2/21/12
“If you ain’t got a bullpen, you ain’t got nothin’” – Yogi Berra, 1973 In 2011, the Mets didn’t have nothin’. Unless you’re a dominant team (like ’86) or a hapless collection (like…oh, never mind), the difference between being over .500 and under is a matter of a couple of wins. Last year, the Mets won 77 games and finished 8 games under the breakeven mark. That four-game swing can easily be hung on the pitching in general and the bullpen squad in particular. The cast – or castoffs, if you prefer – included Pedro Beato, D.J. Carrasco, Jason Isringhausen, Manny Acosta, Ryota Igarashi, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell. Among them, they accounted for 19 blown saves and 10 additional losses which did not come in save situations. Of those blown saves, six of them came in games the Mets eventually won. So let’s say the blown-saves-and- losses combination could have been cut in half with better arms out there. That means a quality bullpen could have been the difference between a
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