Omar Minaya has put together a very bad bullpen for the 2005 Mets, and Willie Randolph has deployed it very badly. Post thoughts on the right way to put together the Mets' bullpen.
Obviously, the first mistake was dealing Matt Ginter for a bag of balls (aka Hard-Throwing Reliever With Control Problems, aka Rick Peterson Fix-Up Project). The second and third were allowing Manny "Expletive Deleted" Aybar and Felix Heredia to make the team, and then actually using them in close games was the biggest one of all.
How to fix this, I'm less sure.
I think releasing Aybar and Heredia both would be a good first step. Maybe Heredia could still serve as the third lefty out of the bullpen, but it reminds me of a moment in "Moneyball" where Art Howe uses a guy Billy Beane explicitly told him never to put in a game, and says "don't put him on the roster if you don't want me to use him" -- I don't think Randolph can be trusted with Heredia.
Then, the call-ups would have to begin. It seems to me that both Heath Bell and Royce Ring should be with the big club right now, and pitching in middle relief in close games. They can't be worse than what we've got now, and maybe one or both can stick. Roberto Hernandez still has me on the fence, but I think a few more seventh innings could test whether he's got anything left to contribute.