'Boomer And Gio': Mets Bullpen Finally Coming Around

Boomer and Gio
August 21, 2019 - 9:41 am
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That Mets bullpen that couldn't seem to protect any lead earlier this season has finally finding its groove.

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On Tuesday night at Citi Field, Justin Wilson, Luis Avilan and Paul Sewald combined for 2 2/3 innings of scoreless relief behind starter Steven Matz in the Mets' 9-2 win over the Indians.

WFAN's Boomer Esiason compared Tuesday's win to last Wednesday's loss in Atlanta, when Matz was yanked after six strong innings only to see Seth Lugo squander the lead. Esiason called it "a tale of two decisions" by manager Mickey Callaway.

Matz was good again Tuesday, and this time Callaway let him start the seventh inning and only pulled him after he allowed a pair of base runners. 

Then Wilson came on to strike out Francisco Lindor and Oscar Mercado to end the inning.

"Wilson came in and did what I thought was -- that was yeoman's work," Esiason said on Wednesday's "Boomer and GIo" show. "That was the high-anxiety moment in the game. That was the moment where you needed a guy to come out of the bullpen, and guess what? The Mets' bullpen actually did what they were supposed to do.

"Last night, it was Justin Wilson," Boomer added. "He's the guy that got the job done when the game is in the balance. And he had to go out there, and he got two strikeouts. And when you think about Mickey's decision last night, I was afraid that if Justin Wilson would've blown up that we would've come in here again arguing again as to whether or not he should have taken out Steven Matz. But they won the game, and they won it going away."

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Wilson has a 1.17 ERA since returning from an elbow injury in early July, but he's not the only Mets reliever who has been pitching well lately.

With the exception of last week's meltdown in Atlanta and a rough patch in June, Seth Lugo has been stellar.

Jeurys Familia has a 2.00 ERA in his nine appearances in August.

And even Edwin Diaz, who has been a major disappointment during his first season in Flushing, has not allowed a run in his last three outings.

"You're starting to see a couple of guys turn a corner for sure. ... You're starting to have a little bit of faith in them," Esiason's co-host, Gregg Giannotti, said of the Mets' relievers.

To listen to the open from Wednesday's "Boomer and Gio" show, click on the audio player above.