Those “obnoxious” Mets fans have started the magic number countdown.
They aren’t the only ones. Mike Piazza joined in on Twitter as the number hit 31:
Mets connection with 31, I grabbed it as a rookie b/c Roger McDowell took 17 after Bob Ojeda left LA, hmm?
— Mike Piazza (@mikepiazza31) August 27, 2015
Despite the bullpen struggles with supposed left specialist Eric O’Flaherty, the Mets have managed to continue their winning ways. According to Andy Martino of the NY Daily News, “trusted baseball folks look at the Mets’ staff, and see the potential for the team’s summer strength to become an autumn concern”. Perhaps the rotation getting tired or just an overworked bullpen?
With the possibility of the Mets making the playoffs, this rotation is not used to pitching for an extra month. Manager Terry Collins and pitching coach Dan Warthen have a plan to hopefully counter that. Hence the reason behind the six man rotation. The main concern after watching the Phillies series is the bullpen.
Collins has called out guys like O’Flaherty, Carlos Torres and Tyler Clippard saying they need to “step up”. You cannot expect to go into the postseason with a weak bullpen. After the trade deadline passed, general manager Sandy Alderson believed he had the bullpen worked out.
When rosters expand in September, the Mets are expected to bring up RHP Erik Goeddel. Mike Vorkunov at NJ.com thinks RHP Vic Black should be considered despite his struggles in Triple-A. He believes his promotion could unlock the successful pitcher he was last year.
Another pitcher the Mets should consider is LHP Scott Rice who currently has a 1.76 ERA in 36 innings. The only problem is the Mets would have to release another player to put him on the 40-man roster.
Even though pitchers are showing some signs of struggle, the offense has decided to take securing wins on their shoulders. Home runs and contributions throughout the lineup has helped keep the team in the top spot.
Is it too early to start the magic number countdown? Perhaps! Mets fans know every game counts because the last day of the season is what determines everything.
There are still six games to go against the Nationals in the regular season. Six games is plenty of time for anything to happen. However, that fact will not stop the excited fan base from counting down to the very end.