Originally written May 03, 2012 on Mets Merized Online:
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Why are Manny Acosta and Miguel Batista still New York Mets? With ERA’s of 9.69 and 6.92 respectively in a combined 26 innings of “work” –if you can call their awful outings work–, they do not deserve to be at the major league level in any way, shape or form. In an offseason centered around creating a strong and formidable bullpen, Sandy Alderson and the Mets are letting that effort go to waste by leaving these two in the major leagues while plenty of guys in Triple-A are more than capable of putting together better relief outings than these two. The work of guys like Jon Rauch, Tim Byrdak and Bobby Parnell are being ruined because of Acosta and Batista’s lack of effectiveness coming out of the ‘pen. They get themselves into trouble without being able to get themselves out. They cannot hold runners on let alone a lead when it’s late and close. In Buffalo, Fernando Cabrera and Chuck James both have ERA’s under 1.00 in a combined 20 innings of work. If James and Cabrera had been hurli...
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