Commentary

Mets must manage bullpen better

Originally Published: February 10, 2009
By Matt Meyers | ESPN The Magazine

As the saying goes, those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it. With that in mind, Mets general manager Omar Minaya acquired Francisco Rodriguez and J.J. Putz in the offseason to fortify a bullpen that has collapsed in each of the past two Septembers.

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Gary A. Vasquez/US PresswireFrancisco Rodriguez will help the Mets' 'pen, but how will they use him?

If Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA projection system is to be believed, Mets fans surely will reduce their Maalox intake this season. PECOTA's weighted mean projections say Putz will produce a 2.63 ERA in 56 innings -- the fourth-best ERA among relievers this season. K-Rod, with a 2.74 ERA in 62 innings, will rank right behind him.