When the Mets acquired J.J. Putz and Jeremy Reed in the deal that sent Endy Chavez and Aaron Heilman out of town, they also received a certain right-handed pitcher who they thought would serve as the replacement for Joe Smith, who was also included in the deal.
While it is still early in the season, Green is showing way too many signs of being just like Heilman, and last night’s outing did nothing to help his cause.
Green came into the game after Bobby Parnell got out of a jam in the sixth, and it was clear from the very beginning that he didn’t have his best stuff. With two men on in a tie game, Green served one up on a platter to Jorge Cantu, who promptly unloaded his second home run of the game over the left field fence.
For a guy that isn’t supposed to give up many homers or runs, Green has sure been hammered thus far. Let’s take a look at the stats.
In 11.2 innings thus far on the season, Green has been shelled for 11 earned runs on 17 hits. Tack on the fact that he has already walked six guys, that is 23 base runners, which is about two per inning. That is never going to be a recipe for success.
He seems to be struggling with his location, and that would be his meal ticket. The National Leaguers don’t know him, but if he is behind in the count, he is going to have to throw up a cookie, and anyone in their right mind can hit an 87 MPH fastball if it's right down the middle.
Green is starting to wander out into no man’s land in terms of his role in this team’s bullpen. In fact, a lot of people are screaming because Green wasn’t the one to be cut before Darren O’Day.
For now, Green will remain in the bullpen, and O’Day will try to find his right jersey in Texas.