New York Mets: Reconstructing the Mets' Bullpen Based on 2006

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New York Mets: Reconstructing the Mets' Bullpen Based on 2006
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Considering the struggles of this Mets team, it's hard to believe the 2006 squad was lauded for their incredibly deep bullpen.

No matter what inning it was, Willie Randolph was able to call upon an effective arm, especially since the long man—Darren Oliver—was more effective than some of the starters, such as Steve Trachsel, Alay Soler, Dave Williams and Jose Lima.

The game that stands out to me was on May 6th, while they played Atlanta the day after a 14-inning marathon in which they used all but one reliever.

The Mets needed depth from their starting pitcher. Unfortunately, that starting pitcher was Victor Zambrano who departed the game after 1.1 innings.

He was never to be seen in a Mets uniform again, but that is besides the point.

Darren Oliver pitched the next four innings and was relieved by Chad Bradford, Pedro Feliciano, Jorge Julio and the winning pitcher—Bartolome Fortunato (who was also acquired in the Scott Kazmir deal).

The Mets were able to win that game 6-5. The 2012 team can barely close out the final three outs, nonetheless 23 outs.

Here is how the Mets can model their 2013 pen after the 2006 squad.

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