June 05, 2007

A Devistating Tag Team

I may be wrong, but I don’t think there’s a better one two punch than Pedro Feliciano and Joe Smith this season in the Majors.

Feliciano made his first appearance in 2002 for the Mets, but didn’t fair too well. Posting a 7.50 ERA in 6 innings. 2003 and 2004 didn’t fair too much better when he posted a 3.35 and 5.40 ERA. Some time during 2005, in the Minors, Feliciano got it together and in 2006, he was unstoppable with a2.09 ERA. 2007 appears to be the year of the middle relievers for the Mets. Feliciano has posted a 0.90 ERA in 23 appearances.

Smith came out of nowhere to be a dominant reliever and maybe one day a premier set up man. Posting a 1.46 ERA in 27 appearances is great. What makes this feat even more impressive is the fat that Joe Smith was drafted last year. That’s quite the jump and Smith has been more than up to the task.

There’s nothing more the Mets could really ask for out of the bullpen from their tag team middle relievers. They’ve pretty much gone through anyone that has stood in their way (from the batters box).

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