Danny Abriano, SNY.tv | Twitter |
The Mets played incredibly undermanned in the bullpen on Friday night and paid for it, when Paul Sewald -- one of only three relievers who was legitimately available -- imploded during his 1.2 innings of work in the Mets' 7-4 loss to the Cubs.
Sewald, who has struggled mightily lately and had a 5.29 ERA in May, had allowed runs in his last two appearances before Friday night. That the Mets had to turn to him to protect a 2-0 lead -- the night after going to Hansel Robles in a scoreless game -- was less than ideal.
Sewald allowed both of the runners he inherited from Zack Wheeler to score in the seventh inning, and allowed a run of his own as the Cubs went ahead, 3-2. Sewald then allowed three runs in the eighth inning.
Along with Sewald, the only relievers the Mets had available were Tim Peterson and Jeurys Familia. Any other reliever was only available in the event of an emergency, manager Mickey Callaway said after the game.
The above means the Mets went in to Friday night's game playing with fire, and makes the decision to promote a third catcher (Jose Lobaton) while DFA'ing RHP Scott Copeland prior to the game very curious.
Callaway has not had the best last couple of weeks when it comes to his bullpen moves, but it's hard to blame Friday night on him when his options were so limited.