January 24, 2021

Mets need their bullpen to save their season this time (New York Post)


Many of them know the journey.

Now all they must do is carve a radically different route. Think of it like opting for the alternate course on Google Maps.

The meandering Mets thumped the surprising Marlins on Monday night at Marlins Park, 11-4, a much-needed reboot after the Phillies swept them out of Citizens Bank Park. Luis Rojas’ group pulled off the win despite receiving only 1 ²/₃ innings from its starter, Robert Gsellman, as Chasen Shreve, Jeurys Familia, Brad Brach and Franklyn Kilome teamed to pick up the final 22 outs, allowing three runs — two of those in the garbage-time ninth.

“With [Gsellman] still getting stretched out, I think the whole bullpen knows that we need to be ready early,” said Shreve, who picked up the win by retiring all seven batters he faced, five via strikeout.

While they can’t survive on such a meager contribution every night from their starting pitcher, these Mets (10-14) surely won’t be replicating their immediate predecessors’ rotation excellence that catapulted them from summer obscurity to autumn relevance (and what would’ve been a playoff spot in this year’s postseason setup). From what we’ve seen so far in…

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