Cornbread Maxwell wrote:While I dont think Looper will lose his job anytime soon, I do think openning day highlighted the Mets biggest weakness.
Middle relief is the Mets biggest question mark but Looper isn't. I don't think Looper getting lit up highlights the Mets weakness because he's the most dependable aspect of their bullpen. It's just magnifide because it was opening day.
As far as the rest of the pen, the bullpen is the Mets biggest question mark because it's unproven not necessarily because it's bad. The opening day bullpen is most likely not the same bullpen the Mets will have in May. Bell, Strickland, Koo, Dejean, Looper could prove to be a pretty decent bullpen. Both Strickland and Bell are still at AAA.
It would have been nice if the Mets could have traded for a legitimate setup man unfortunately both Detroit (Milledge?) and TB (Petit) wanted far too much. No reason to overpay for relief pitching in April.