When was the last time a Mets starter left the game in the middle of the sixth inning, handed the ball to the bullpen to protect a one run lead, and still come out out with a win?
Are you drawing a blank? Let’s just agree that it’s been a long time.
The Mets bullpen, masterfully architected by Omar Minaya, was simply out-freaking-standing today against the Reds.
Maybe Dan Murphy, the hitting star of the game, said it best: “Phew, that was unbelievable!” Murphy said. “Lights out!”
What was once the source of such woe and agony, now looks to be a place of peace and comfort. The other day I read a quote that described last years bullpen perfectly. It read, “When the Mets opened the door to the bullpen, I’d open the door to my liquor cabinet.” Wasn’t that the truth!
Sean Green, J.J. Putz and Frankie Rodriguez, all played their parts well today. It was poetry in motion.
Yes, it’s just one game… and yes, it doesn’t prove anything… but after what we went through last season, can anybody blame us for gloating just a little?