New York Mets 2009 Rundown: Sean Green
72 G, 4-5, 4.67 ERA, 79.0 IP, 62 SO, 1.468 WHIP
Yet another new face in the New York bullpen in 2009, Sean Green (not to be confused with former Mets' outfielder Shawn Green) brings to New York a large frame and tons of potential. Green, who will turn 30 on April 20, will likely serve as a part of the bridge to Putz and K-Rod in the sixth and seventh innings.
Although Green's ERA in 2008 was a bit high for anyone's liking, chances are it will likely drop a bit once he learns to pitch to hitters in the National League (where lineups do not run nine deep as they do in the American League). At 6'6", 220 pounds, Green features a low 90s fastball with a ton of sink on it, as well as a high 80s sinker and a mid 70s slider that complement each other very well late in the count.
If there is anything that I absolutely love about Green, though, it's the fact that he doesn't walk a lot of batters and is a ground ball-inducing machine. These are both things that have killed Mets relievers in the past, and they should definitely help Green settle in and be a big player in the Mets' success in 2009.
Probably the only knock I have on Green is the fact that he allows quite a few hits and doesn't strike too many guys out, which is the reason his WHIP is as high as it is. In 79 innings last season, Green allowed 80 hits while only striking out 62.
It's obvious that he isn't going to overpower anybody, but the fact that he only allowed three home runs in 2008 is enough to make any Mets fan happy considering the way balls have been flying out of Shea Stadium in the late innings the past few years.
Look for Green to play a major role in the Mets' bullpen in 2009, and pay very close attention to how manager Jerry Manuel uses him. Fewer innings could mean less tiring and more production for the big fellow.
58 G, 2-3, 3.95 ERA, 51.0 IP, 40 SO, 1.340 WHIP
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