Coming into the 2012 season, the Mets thought the bullpen would be a strength after they revamped it last offseason.
They signed Frank Francisco and Jon Rauch. They also traded for Ramon Ramirez, having to give up Angel Pagan in the process.
Add holdovers Bobby Parnell and Tim Byrdak, and this group looked to be solid. Oh how wrong the Mets were.
Collectively, this could be the worst bullpen the Mets have assembled in recent history. It has the worst ERA in the league at 4.98 and has accounted for 23 losses to the team's record, which is third most.
Francisco cannot close out games. Ramirez seemingly left his pitching ability back in San Francisco. Byrdak now is on the disabled list after Mets manager Terry Collins admitted the overuse of his key left-handed reliever.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson needs to address this unit first and foremost before doing anything else if they want to compete in 2013. Scrap this bunch and move forward, but instead of signing a bunch of relievers in free agency, he should look from within.
Guys like Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia deserve a chance to make their contributions in the big leagues. With September call-ups coming soon, that would be the perfect time to give those guys a shot and to evaluate what they can do.
At any rate, the Mets cannot continue to keep guys around that grin all the way to the bank when they admit the control of their fastball is terrible.