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GM hopes pen can right ship

4/11/2011

The Mets' bullpen was remodeled after Sunday's meltdown. Will it be in working order for Monday night's series opener against Colorado?

General manager Sandy Alderson certainly hopes so.

"We need some innings," Alderson said. "We were short coming in, we're short now and we're also not getting the results that we need."

To get the desired results, Alderson called up Jason Isringhausen and Ryota Igarashi. He also sent Lucas Duda to Buffalo and designated reliever Blaine Boyer for assignment.

"Hopefully we'll get some quality innings out of these guys," Alderson said.

"Quality" isn't a word you'd associate with the Mets' bullpen of late.

They've allowed 45 hits, 16 walks and hit two batters in 33 1/3 innings. On Sunday, five relievers combined to allow six runs on six hits with four walks, spoiling Chris Young's seven-inning, one-hit effort.

D.J. Carrasco walked one hitter and gave up two hits and two runs in the seventh. Taylor Buchholz followed that up by walking three. Boyer served up an RBI single to Ivan Rodriguez and a three-run homer to Laynce Nix in the 11th.

Manager Terry Collins said on Friday that his bullpen was being overused. The 'pen proved him right on Sunday. Alderson hopes that the addition of Isringhausen, who years ago was believed to be the team's future ace, and Igarashi will help the bullpen gain stability.

"Hopefully we'll get a couple of other arms in here … and we won't be so stretched, as we have been over the last couple of days," Alderson said.