The Long Reliever

If this series goes seven, there is talk that the Mets might start Darren Oliver. But Oliver hasn’t started all year, and for good reason. As I noted back in May, Oliver has a very pronounced record, going all the way back to his rookie year in 1993, of pitching much better out of the bullpen. I’d rather see him stay in that comfort zone that allowed him to have his best year in more than a decade. The breakdown:

S/R G IP IP/G ERA H/9 HR/9 2B/9 BB/9 K/9
S 228 1299.1 5.70 5.14 10.27 1.13 2.24 3.58 5.17
R 123 188.2 1.53 3.91 8.49 1.05 1.24 4.10 7.01

Sources for split stats here and here.