NEW YORK -- Left-hander Josh Edgin certainly won't be bored this weekend against the lefty-heavy Atlanta Braves lineup.
Since fellow southpaw Tim Byrdak landed on the disabled list earlier this month with a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder -- he committed to season-ending surgery this week -- Edgin has become manager Terry Collins' top lefty option out of the bullpen. The Mets did promote left-hander Garrett Olson from Triple-A Buffalo on Tuesday, but there was just a two-point difference between left- and right-handed opponents' batting averages against him.
"This is why you have left-handers in your bullpen -- for this weekend. And they space them with those big hitters in the middle," Collins said. "You've got Chipper [Jones], who's really good right-handed. He protects them there. You've got [Dan] Uggla, who protects the bottom of the order, so you've got to pick your spots and your situations that you think are the most important to get one of those guys out."
Jones was scratched from Friday's game with a sore back, but Atlanta's notorious left-handed bats -- Michael Bourn, Jason Heyward and Freddie Freeman -- are all usually protected by right-handers. The spacing will make it difficult for Collins to use Edgin only as a left-handed specialist this series, and the skipper said that he will call upon him to pitch through an entire inning.
"If he's going to be an impact lefty, he's going to have to be used," Collins said. "He's going to have to learn how to get through it, he's going to have to learn how to take care of himself between outings."
Collins added that Olson, despite the even numbers with Buffalo, will also be called upon to navigate through an entire inning even if two left-handers are due up.
"We brought Garrett here to help us for the same thing," Collins said. "He may not be a lefty specialist, but he's got to go out there and hopefully get one of those guys out if need be."