Okay, to begin: The bullpen is 100% Sandy Alderson’s fault. This annual failure is on him.
But Collins and Warthen are not helping.
This is what we know, for example, about Scott Rice:
In 2013, here’s the salient split:
- LHH: .174/.244/.223 for an OPS of .468
- RHH: .362/.507/.448 for an OPS of .955
Okay, you see that. Right-handed batters got on base against Scott Rice more than 50% of the time last year.
For the sake of comparison, Rice turns every LHH into something worse that Alcides Escobar (.559 OPS), whereas every single RHH who steps to the plate turns into David Ortiz (.959 OPS).
Conclusion: Rice should never, ever, ever pitch against a RH-batter.
This is obvious. Documented. Well-known to one and all. And guess what? Opposing managers know this information too. Because: The Internet!
Yet in the top of the 7th, Collins brings in Scott Rice to start the inning against Scott Hairston, who has made his career by killing left-handed pitchers. It’s the sole reason for his existence, to bash the Scott Rice’s of the world.
True story: I saw Rice come in and started to text Mike, “Rice should NEV –”
And at that moment, first pitch, Hairston lines a single to LF.
I didn’t even have time to send one declarative sentence before the shit was shot.
Collins was probably looking down the road, wanted Rice to face the 2nd and 3rd hitters in the lineup, who were both left-handed.
Sorry, but that’s too clever. Just go with Familia and stop turning everything into a dizzy “mix-and-match” mashup. In one batter, when the game was still close, we witnessed a bizarre combination of over-managing and being out-managed at the same time, since Williams made the obvious move of bringing in Hairston.
Anyway, yes, the pen is not good. It is Sandy Alderson’s failure. The two obvious replacements down in Vegas are scheduled as starters, so, um, that’s terrific. Jake deGrom needs to be working out of the pen right now, today. Unless you think the Mets really need a 9th starter?
On the bright side, as I said before, it looks like losing our closer is not going to be that big a problem after all.