Sean Green Struggles,Elmer Dessens Strong in Buffalo...

ed feverCorrespondent IMay 10, 2009

NEW YORK - APRIL 28:  Sean Green #50 of the New York Mets reacts after giving up a three run home run to Jorge Cantu #3 of  the Florida Marlins who is rounding the bases during their game on April 28, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Sean Green is the one pitcher in the Mets bullpen who is struggling, in 14 appearances he's 0-2 with a 9 ERA. He's been on the receiving end of several lopsided outings; 4/23 Vs. St. Louis five runs, 4/28 Vs. Florida four runs and today he gave up two runs.

Green was acquired in the J.J. Putz deal and at the time, many said it was a steal to get him as a throw-in. He's said to be a rubber armed, work horse with a nasty slider, odd arm angle, and a short term memory.
It's been reported that the Mets believe Green's struggles are a result of mechanical issues, specifically opening up his throwing shoulder too early, giving hitters too much of a look at his pitches. It appears that Green is now aiming his pitches as a result of his mechanics, making him wild and if body posture can be read, it looks like his confidence maybe taking a beating...
Before we have another Heilman situation (a very good pitcher who can't pitch in NY) I suggest that Green (who has options) be sent down to work out his mechanics and build his confidence against inferior hitters.
So who could the Mets replace Green with if they needed another reliever, Elmer Dessens.
The 38 year old right handed reliever was the last cut of spring training and it appeared that he was close to making the team as a sort of, Darren Oliver, long man, reclamation project. After playing in the WBC for Mexico, he appeared in four spring training games in which he did not allow a run.
Dessens has been one of Buffalo's best relievers, he has appeared in 10 games ( 15 innings) with an ERA of 1.20 in which he's struck out 10 while walking only 4.
The Mets only have 37 players on the 40 man roster, making it very easy for them to purchase Dessens contract and give him a chance, while Green works through his struggles. If Dessens is a disaster on the major league level, the Mets can put him on waivers when Redding is ready and they've lost nothing....

The only blemish yesterday was another disappointing outing by Sean Green, who couldn't even handle mop-up duty with an 8-2 lead in the ninth. He walked the leadoff man Delwyn Young, then gave up a two-run homer to Nate McLouth, who came within a few feet of putting the ball on the bridge in right-centerfield. source Newsday