There have been some really great closers – Mariano Rivera and Dennis Eckersley, to name two – but what complemented them was the depth of their bullpens. Both the Yankees and Athletics were championship deep.
For the most part, I’ve liked what Hansel Robles has done. At one time Carlos Torres was considered reliable. Not anymore. And, Sean Gilmartin and Eric O’Flaherty aren’t quite a comforting cup of hot cocoa on a winter’s night.
Familia has had implosion moments and it must be remembered this is the first time he will pitch under playoff-type pressure.
The bullpen has an Achilles Heel quality about it, so if GM Sandy Alderson has a chance to snag somebody off the waiver-wire scrap heap he would be wise to do so. Waiting for Jerry Blevins to return isn’t a sound strategy.
The Mets have a nice lead, but one capable of evaporating with a bad week by the bullpen. You might recall September of 2007.
The bullpen is a significant question moving forward. The Mets would be wise to act now rather than lament later.