New York Mets Series Recap: Philadelphia Phillies Swept Out Of Citi Field

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Bullpen Continues To Impress

Apr 14, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Jeurys Familia (27) reacts after getting the final out of the game to earn a save in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. The Mets defeated the Phillies 6-5. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports

Over the past couple of seasons, the bullpen has been a question mark for the Mets. Last season they looked to finally get something going after Jenrry Mejia was inserted into the closer’s role, setting up what looked like a strong bullpen for 2015. That quickly changed when Mejia was suspended 80 games for a positive steroid test, and some doubt began to creep in as the Mets would be without their closer to start the season for an extended period of time again.

The remaining players in the bullpen had other ideas, as the Mets bullpen continued to perform at a high level against the Phillies. In 7 ⅓ innings against the Phillies, the Mets bullpen surrendered only two runs, as each reliever who appeared in the game recorded either the hold or save.

Carlos Torres, Buddy Carlyle and Jerry Blevins are all sporting perfect ERAs still as things are falling into place nicely. The Mets took an unconventional route with their final 25-man roster, opting to keep an extra arm in the bullpen for eight total at the expense of a fifth bench player.

It has paid off thus far, as the Mets bullpen is able to keep their relievers fresh and ready to go. It also enables manager Terry Collins to mix and match throughout, as he has three left-handed relievers at his disposal. It makes end of game situations easier to manage, as Collins doesn’t have to worry about picking the perfect time to use his left-handed specialist; he will more than likely have at least one, if not two, more in his back pocket to use.

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