The Mets spent last September watching leads evaporate until they lost their grip on first place and eventually the wildcard.
Watching the Marlins celebrate eliminating them on their home turf for a second straight season and the images of C.C. Sabathia riding the Brewers into the playoffs.
In order to prevent this occurrence from happening again, Omar Minaya preparation for 2009 was spent sorting through the bullpen.
He went out and acquired two elite closers and spent a good portion of the offseason bringing in new arms.
The irony is that most of the excitement that has been generated by bullpen overhaul is being overshadowed by the woes of John Maine and Oliver Perez, and the health concerns regarding ace Johan Santana.
Last year, the staff boasted a 3.98 ERA which was good for 7th in the league while the bullpen generated a 4.27 ERA leaving it at 23rd in the league.
We know the bullpen should be better but the question remains, as we look through the rotation, is the staff?