Friday, July 16, 2004

Our Lefty Bullpen Savior: Vic Darensbourg (quack) 

The Mets beat the Phillies last night 3 to 2 in an 11 inning thriller to pull within one game of first place.  Quack.  There are currently four teams within one game of the top spot in the division.  Wow.  Apparently the Mets brass knows that if the team is going to go anywhere, it needs some bullpen reinforcements, particularly from the left side.  This gaping hole might be more of a pressing need than the need for a decent back of the rotation starter.  John Franco and Mike Stanton have been ineffective.  Quack.  Stanton, who ranks among the league's worst at allowing inherited runners to score, is on pace to set a career high in innings pitched.  Franco and his 4.59 ERA is on pace to toss the most innings he's thrown in almost fourteen seasons.  In other words, as bad as this southpaw duo as been, at their ages don't expect them to get any better in the second half.  Quack. 
Recognizing this, the Mets have
brought in and assigned to AAA Norfolk, 33  year old Vic Darensbourg, (quack, quack) who was recently cut loose by the White Sox.  To make room for the journeymen lefty, the Mets sent another lefty bullpen arm, Royce Ring, down to AA Binghamton.  Ring came to the Mets in the Roberto Alomar trade and was touted as a serious contender to become the Mets future closer.  Quack.  After mixed results in Norfolk (3 and 1, 3.74 ERA) his stock has slipped quite a bit.  Quack.
Jeez, what the hell is all that damn quacking! What is this one of those
Aflac commercials!?! Oh, wait, I know what that quacking is.  It's a sign from above (or a sign from exit 58 on the LIE).  If the Mets are in the business of signing journeymen lefties to shore up the bullpen, then why not ink Generation K alum Bill Pulsipher to a minor league deal, send him to Norfolk, and let's see what he can do.  Pulsipher is currently tearing up the independent AAA Atlantic League for the Long Island Ducks.  At 8 and 2 with a 3.28 ERA and 60 Ks in 85 innings pitched, Pulsipher is among the league leaders in pitching and was recently selected to the Atlantic League All Star Team.  According to a recent interview, Pulsipher has straightened out his mechanics, has improved and relies on his two seam fastball, which he compliments with his change-up, and perhaps most importantly, he has had much more success with his battle against anxiety by switching from Prozac to Paxil. 
Is signing Pulsipher a likely scenario? No, not at all.  Would it make sense? It makes about as much sense as signing 33 year old Vic Darensbourg to a minor league deal to take 23 year old Royce Ring's spot in Norfolk.

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