As soon as the Mets announced they would combat Major League Baseball’s best offense with a rookie spot starter on a pitch count on Saturday, it became clear that the Mets planned to lean heavily on their bullpen. That’s not necessarily a bad thing for a team evaluating all of its arms heading into the winter, with bullpen help a top offseason priority.
The Mets experienced both the upsides and downsides of their youthful arms in a 5-3 loss to the Red Sox at Fenway Park. Daniel Zamora, in particular, shined, but Paul Sewald allowed four runs, and Drew Smith gave up a go-ahead, two-run double to Brock Holt in the fifth.
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