So This Is What a Save Feels Like

Ira LiemanContributor IApril 6, 2009

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL - FEBRUARY 25: Daniel Murphy #28 of the New York Mets bats against the Baltimore Orioles during a spring training game at Fort Lauderdale Stadium on February 25, 2008 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Rob Tringali/Getty Images)

Daniel Murphy was the Mets' offense today, leading the Amazin's over the Cincinnati Reds  2-1.

On a rainy Opening Day, Murphy socked a home run and drove in another on a groundout. Johan Santana pitched well over 5 2/3 innings for the win. And that's not the story we want to hear.

The story of the day was the efficiency of the Mets' bullpen. Sean (not to be confused with the former outfielder Shawn) Green got four groundouts. Putz pitched the eighth. K-Rod saved it in the ninth. No refreshing!

Braden Looper would have found a way to get a couple men on in the ninth, maybe a wild pitch or a couple singles in a row. John Franco might have walked a couple to start the inning.

Armando Benitez, well, he might have just set up a tee for a quick three-run homer and a not-so-happy recap. But this is 2009, and the Mets have the best 1-2 bullpen tandem in the league.

How far can the Mets get this year? As far as the bullpen can take them.

And hey, did you see Scott Schoenweis blew a save for Arizona this afternoon? Just sayin'.

(Article title taken from a postgame tweet by @matthewcerrone)