Originally written on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/23/12
The Mets’ bullpen is a mess and the only thing that is uncertain is how we should divvy up the blame. Should we be mad at Sandy Alderson or Terry Collins? Each deserves some fault for the position that the Mets find themselves here as we begin the last full week of July, although it is often difficult to determine which percentage to assign to either man for the implosion we have witnessed up close and personal. Take Manny Acosta for instance. Alderson re-signed him in the offseason, Collins deployed him horribly for 19 games, leading to an 11.86 ERA and now he’s been very good in Triple-A (26 IP, 2.42 ERA, 4 BB, 24 Ks) and can’t get a second chance. Who do we blame for that? Do we fault the GM for refusing to call him up or the manager for not getting better production from him when he was here? Acosta is but one example. We could go through this exercise with every pitcher the team has used out of the pen this year, with the possible exception of Frank Francisco. We can ...
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