By Mike Steffanos
Game 118: Pirates 7 - Mets 5
I was watching this game off and on while trying to get some work done. There were a couple of occasions that the Mets had opportunities to push more runs across and didn't. Those of us who have watched this bullpen night after night experience a sinking feeling whenever that happens.
Still, you can't blame the offense on a day when they contributed. Pedro had one of his best outings of the season. All for naught.
Early in the season when the Mets weren't scoring it was the offense that put undue pressure on the pitchers to be perfect. Now it's the ominous looming presence of the bullpen that hangs over the rest of the club. Moreover, there doesn't seem to be any obvious quick fixes.
Eddie Kunz is next in line, but I worry about him. We've seen some young relief pitchers come in and do well early, but we've also seen some take a beating that was difficult to recover from.
The scouting report on Kunz was the his secondary stuff needed work and that he would have trouble getting lefties out. We've seen some evidence of that in an admittedly small sampling. The Mets will have to tread lightly with this kid. Still, I can't blame them for exploring other options.
I have to run out of here now to catch up on some business-related matters. We'll revisit this topic again (and again and again and again, I fear) in the near future.