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Last night, the Mets bullpen pitched 2 2/3 perfect innings innings of relief of Matt Harvey to preserve a 3-2 lead.

The Mets bullpen has now pitched 14 1/3 scoreless innings over it's last six games - they have delivered 8 1/3 innings of scoreless relief against the Phillies this week.

Overall, the Mets bullpen has a 4.87 ERA, remaining the worst in Major League Baseball.

It's hard to believe, but the bullpen has been a lot better lately. They've found a combination that works for now thanks in part to the outstanding job both Jon Rauch and Josh Edgin have done. I think the addition of the second lefty has helped as well - guys like Ramon Ramirez are no longer forced into unfavorable match-ups like they were earlier this season. But while they've been better statistically, performances like last night, when they've been asked to preserve small leads late (in a hostile environment), are more noteworthy than solid performances when they've been down big. It would have been nice if this crew could have held some more leads earlier this season, of course...

At this stage, I would like to see Edgin work less down the stretch - he has appeared in seven of the last nine games and is up to 65 appearances for the season between the Minor Leagues and the Major Leagues. If Robert Carson is on the roster, he should be able to spell Edgin - Carson has shown he can get left-handed hitters out, evident by his performance last night when he disposed of both Ryan Howard and Chase Utley with ease late in the game.

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