If you look at the Mets starting pitchers not named Matt Harvey, they have not been able to go deep into games of late. On Saturday, the Mets bullpen had to pitch four or more innings for the eighth time in their last twelve games which has left the unit tired and limited.
They called up funky throwing Greg Burke after sending Jeurys Familia to the DL in an effort to give the bullpen some relief; which is nice for about a game or so. They have been hoping that last year’s closer Frank Francisco could come back and eat some innings for them, but that appears to not be happening anytime soon.
Setback for Frank Francisco. He will see the doctor this week regarding his elbow.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) May 12, 2013
Not much has been released about the setback yet but if he has to see a doctor this week, you know that can’t be good.
So what does this mean for the Mets? They can start by getting another gem from Harvey today as the Mets finish their series with the Pirates. But after that, what is their next move?
Another option could be bringing up Zack Wheeler earlier than they would like and relegating one of their current starters to the bullpen. There are plenty of starters that have been bad enough and worthy of a demotion to the pen, but that is a scenario the Mets want to avoid.
It’s a tough task for Collins but we all know what he will be praying for today: Another perfect game bid from their stud Harvey today.
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