Garrett Olson Latest Bullpen Savior

The Mets announced on Twitter Monday that they have called up Garrett Olson and he will join the team in time for Tuesday’s game against the Marlins. Don’t get your hopes up.

Garrett Olson joins Mets on Tuesday
Garrett Olson joins Mets on Tuesday

The left handed Olson is 4-7 with a 4.56 ERA in Buffalo this season in 25 appearances, 21 of them starts.

The numbers get worse when you look at his major league career. In five seasons with the Orioles, Mariners and Pirates he is 14-22 with a 6.14 ERA. He allows a lot of baserunners — in 287.1 innings he allowed 333 hits and 142 walks against 193 strikeouts.

I don’t know anything about Olson, 28, but these numbers do not look promising. If he can’t get Triple-A batters out with regularity, what makes anyone think he can do well against big leaguers? But I guess we’ll see.

The Mets have not yet announced a corresponding move. Mets Blog points out that Olson will have to be placed on the 40-man roster and that Dillon Gee could be moved to the 60-game DL and Olson could take his place. This way, the Mets would not risk losing a player by removing him from the roster and exposing him to the rest of the league.

Elvin Ramirez is the likely candidate to be sent down, but I would remove Manny Acosta from the team once and for all. Ramirez has a chance to help the Mets next season. Certainly Acosta will not be around.


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