Heilman says out of the bullpen or out of NY
Posted by Philip Saponara on November 20, 2008
Aaron Heliman, Drafted out of the University of Notre Dame initially worked as a starting pitcher until his flop season of with the Mets as he went 5-13 with a 5.93 ERA. In 2006. Heilman hasn’t stated he wants out of New York he just wants to get out of the ‘Pen and get on the mound.
“The object is to get out of the bullpen. The most success he’s ever had as a pitcher has been as a starting pitcher. He was drafted by the Mets as a starting pitcher,” said Mark Rodgers Heilman’s agent “The object the whole time was to never get out of New York” Quote Published by ESPN.com
Although many fans are do not adore Heliman and neither they should, the reliever pitched 3-8 with a 5.21 ERA, with five blown saves, and gave up 44 earned runs, the most in his three seasons as a reliever. Heilman has been known to blow a few key games but he really trashed the mound at the end of the year when the Mets needed a reliever the most.
This now brings me to my short editorial portion. The Mets are currently weak in the ‘Pen and if they could pull of some relievers the not so promising Metropolitans could get on fire fast, specially if Chase Utley for the Phili’s is out till June it could make that division very open. Fransisco Rodriguez, Brian Fuentes,Trevor Hoffman, and Kerry Wood are the current closer’s that I believe the mets will be looking at. Although K-Rod will be wanting around 75 Million dollars somewhere entitled in his contract the Mets have a decent amount to spend and starting with Rodriguez might not be a bad option, the guy is lights out and he was a big success to the Angels 100 win regular season. Brian Fuentes on the other hand gave Colorado a great run and pitched an ERA. of 2.73, and 30 saves, this could definitely help the Mets chances stay into games that deal with runners in scoring positions and a big batter up to hit in the 8th inning or so. Trevor Hoffman and Kerry Wood pitched an ERA of 3.77 and 3.26 respectively.
Although I think Fuentes could aid the Mets a tad more the Veteran pitchers of Wood and Hoffman could both be a wearing a orange and blue jersey come training. Look for these closers to move around the league in the upcoming weeks.