I think Scott Strickland is going to have a great season this year. He's an excellent candidate to set-up Looper since he can strike people out and has had solid numbers during his career. (3.28 ERA, .224 BAA, 241 K's in 236 IP)
I don't think it's as bad as some make it out to be. Sounds like Strickland is not going to be ready by opening day. Peterson has made some adjustments to get Hernadez's fastball to move like it di in his prime so that is encouraging. I think Heath Bell is going to be vry solid this year.
looper, dejean, R.hernadez, heredia, korean lefty, bell should make up the bullpen on opening day.
the mets bullpen is definitely not going to strike fear in most teams hearts.....looper is a average closer at best, where as set up men of heredia, fortunato, dejean and bell are less than adequate imo... of those bell seems to have the stuff to be a good reliever but he needs to cut down on the hrs given up from last year, but his k numbers are pretty good... dejean had a good 2001 and 2002 but other than that he is a risky option in the bullpen,,, as a career whip of 1.51 would suggest....fortunato was none too impressive in the tampa bay minors as he just walks too much imo to be a option in the bullpen in a tight game verse the braves or marlins.... heredia if used correctly could be a decent option for the mets though,,,if the mets will use him as the cards used ray king last year(to get that one left handed bat out) then he could boast solid numbers, but i dont consider him a 8th inning type of reliever.... and strickland is not even guaranteed a roster spot as of now as he was non tendered by the mets this winter,,,,,,but he could become the mets primary setup man if he is completely recovered from TJ surgery in June 2003...but he is throwing well it seems so far in ST this year
Yeah I think they said Strickland will start the season in the minors, maybe through the first month. Dejean is day-to-day which sucks but Bell looks like he's going to be a nice surprise. Hope he makes the team.
And Rump, I know you wrote that two weeks ago, but Strickland was signed to a minor-league contract prior to you writing that.
Maine has a good swing for a pitcher but on anything that moves, he has no chance. And if it's a fastball, it has to be up in the zone. Basically, the pitcher has to hit his bat. - Mike Pelfrey