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NEW YORK — The Yankees have three pitchers in their bullpen who could close for just about any major league team. Two could end up in the All-Star game, the third too if not for a suspension to start the season. They shorten games...

How about this Mets bullpen?

NEW YORK — The Yankees have three pitchers in their bullpen who could close for just about any major league team. Two could end up in the All-Star game, the third too if not for a suspension to start the season. They shorten games...

How about this Mets bullpen?

NEW YORK — The Yankees have three pitchers in their bullpen who could close for just about any major league team. Two could end up in the All-Star game, the third too if not for a suspension to start the season. They shorten games to six innings.

All this is true. You know what else is? The Yankees don't have the best bullpen in the city of New York.

The Mets do.

Through Saturday the Mets are sporting a MLB-best 2.36 ERA, almost a full run better than the Yanks (3.28). Over the Mets' last three games their bullpen has tossed 12.1 scoreless innings and in May they've been baseball's best, allowing just 12 earned runs in 56.0 innings.

Consider four stats:

  • Closer Juerys Familia is 14-for-14 in save opportunities this season
  • In eight of his 12 outings this year Familia's retired every batter he's faced
  • Righty Hansel Robles is seventh in baseball with a 1.37 ERA
  • Setup man Addison Reed has 27 strikeouts in 18.0 innings

Manager Terry Collins couldn't talk highly enough of Reed on Sunday.

"You look at some of the real good bullpens and they're all big power, 98 miles-an-hour throwing guys, and Addison's not," Collins said. "And one of the things that went against the reports we had about him is that he had a tendency to walk guys, and we haven't seen that at all. This guy has tremendous command of his fastball, throws to both sides of the plate."

Familia receives most of the attention (as do most closers), but Collins said that's hardly a concern to Reed, the six-year veteran who came to New York from Arizona in a midseason trade.

"Yeah, he's not going to get the attention but that's not what he's looking for," Collins said. "He's looking to help."

Reed won't be available Sunday—he's pitched three days in a row—but the Mets have solid alternatives in Antonio Bastardo (2.79 ERA) and Jerry Blevins (2.31), along with Jim Henderson. (Hansel Robles is unavailable, Collins said.)

Indeed, when the Mets are leading after seven innings this season, they're 23-0. The Yankees are 19-0 in such scenarios, sure, but it's probably time to re-think which team owns the city's best bullpen right now. 

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