More Bullpen Info
Let me just start off by saying that I hope Jeff Suppan didn’t think to ask for more than one great playoff start when he sold his soul to the Devil. Also, I don’t know whether to hope for a rainout tonight or not. A rainout means that Tommy G. gets an extra day’s rest, which is good. It also means a day off to recuperate for a Cardinals bullpen that got taken to the woodshed yesterday; plus the possibility that La Russa could start Carpenter at home tomorrow on three days rest, where his ERA is under 2.00.
In any case, here’s a look at the bullpen usage we’ve seen so far:
What, exactly, this tells us I have no idea. It seems like Guillermo Mota is getting a lot of work, even though I don’t think he’s been exactly lights-out. Of course, these numbers are a bit deceiving, since we’ve had two pretty close games, followed by two blowouts. Darren Oliver really saved the Mets’ bacon on Saturday, and all on only 72 pitches.
My one complaint about last night’s game is that I really wanted the Mets to force La Russa to burn one more reliever. Froot Loop pitched wonderfully, and by getting through the final three innings, he let Tony save both Kinney and Wainwright for today. You gotta kick the Cards’ bullpen while they’re down; and even if all you do is force La Russa to bring in Wainwright for a couple of outs (he was warming up in the bullpen when Jose’s brain went on vacation) that might help you later. Maybe Wainwright would be just a little bit more tired today; or maybe that meaningless AB in the top of the 9th is what gives Delgado another look, and a better read on the Cardinals closer in a situation that isn’t so meaningless.
But what do I know about pitching? Hey, I’m 11-0 against the wall.