Breaking Down The NY Mets' Bullpen: Joe Smith

Phil HoopsCorrespondent IOctober 17, 2008

As Mets fans already know the past two seasons have been disastrous. No team's fan base has ever had to go through quite as much pain and suffering as the Mets's one has. One of the main reasons behind the teams back-to-back failures has been the team's unreliable bullpen. In this article we will look back on how each member of the pen performed and whether or not they should be retained next season...

Joe Smith- (6-3) 3.55 ERA

Entering Spring Training in 2007, Joe Smith was just another minor league pitcher hoping to throw a couple innings to big league hitters before being assigned to minor league camp. Smith went on to pitch very well in spring training and found himself on the Mets' 25-man roster by Opening Day.

Smith went on to have a very successful rookie season, despite spending some time in Triple A. He posted a 3-2 record and had an earned run average of 3.45. The following season, Joe Smith became a permanent late inning fixture.

In the 2008 season, Joe appeared in a career high 82 games, which was one of the highest number of appearances for a reliever in all of baseball. Smith, however handled it well and was very useful in retiring right handed batters. Over the course of the season Joe picked up 18 holds, which was nearly double the amount that he achieved the previous season.

Final Verdict: It is a no-brainer to bring back Joe Smith, as he is a young and highly talented reliever. Plus, he is scheduled to make only $400K this upcoming season. Lastly, if he performs poorly throughout the year he still has options left on his contract so he can be sent down to the minor leagues without having to clear waivers.