NY Sports Dog: The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

Sunday, April 19, 2009

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

For Mets opponents, the revamped 2009 bullpen has been a nightmare of biblical proportion--quite a change from seasons past.

Now it's: "get to the starters or suffer your fate".

All told, the Mets have the best bullpen ERA in baseball at 1.80 (Seattle is second at 2.34 and the Yankees are fourth from last at 7.50). You can click here for the sortable major league bullpen stats.

The primary reason for this early success rests on the shoulders of four men.

First seal is opened : a white horse appears, its rider held a bow (conquest)

The Mets first horseman is Bobby Parnell. He throws hard; he challenges you; he wants the baseball. Having JJ Putz and Frankie Rodriguez tutoring him is a dream come true for this up and coming star.

2009 Season Stats

Second seal is opened : a red horse appears, its rider holds a sword (war)

The second horseman is Sean Green. When the big trade was made, I wrote about Sean Green and our good fortune for getting him. He is Aaron Heilman and Joe Smith x 10. Green is another filthy reliever who simply got burned out last season. With 2 Holds already on the season, Mets fans have experienced what it's like to have a 7th inning guy who gets after hitters and doesn't mess around nibbling. His 8 Ks against 2 BBs is excellent.

2009 Season Stats

Third seal is opened: a black horse appears, its rider holds a pair of scales (famine)

The third horseman is JJ Putz. Putz has stuff that rivals any closer in the game. He throws a 97 mph fastball and mixes in the best splitter I have ever seen (and that includes Mike Scott's). Moreover, he is selfless and has taken on his "Pre-Closer" role with the kind of grace and style that has already endeared him to both his teammates and the Mets faithful.

2009 Season Stats

Fourth seal is opened : a pale horse appears, its rider is called Death

The fourth horseman is Frankie Rodriguez, and he is death to opponents. He loves his role as the Closer, and gives max effort and concentration against every batter. For all the talk from naysayers about his "K/9 and WHIP", he looks to be every bit what the Mets wanted--a dominant stopper with balls of steel. The guy looks like he was born to close in New York.

2009 Season Stats

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1 comment:

Berger said...

Really great writeup. This year I feel like we can all breathe from the 7th inning on.

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