And then Tuesday night happened. In one-third of an inning during the Mets’ 7-5 loss to the Phillies, Wilmer Font allowed two inherited runners and three of his own to score and nearly hit Scott Kingery in the head with a pitch, triggering warnings to both teams, who have already cleared the benches this season.
The Mets (37-43) have dropped three in a row and are six games below .500 for the first time this year.
It was a harsh reminder that Font, 29, has a 6.09 career ERA, and this bullpen is a lot more than a couple of good weeks from a journeyman swingman away from turning itself around. Mets relievers have a 5.48 ERA this year, 28th in the majors. In June, that mark is 7.44.
I’m not hip to everyone who might’ve been available at the time, but I’m 99.9% sure that the GM across the river, Brian Cashman, wouldn’t have acquired a guy with a lifetime 6-plus ERA to ‘help’ his beleaguered bullpen.