Mets are having themself a very good offseason so far. With the additions of McCann, May, Carrasco and Lindor, we have added a ton of good players to fit desperate needs. Should the Mets be done? No, I think pitching depth is still a big need. A target the Mets could go for is old friend, Collin McHugh.
The 33 year old McHugh didn’t pitch in 2020 for the Red Sox, after a so-so 2019 with the Astros. Over 74.2 innings, he pitched to a 4.70 ERA with a 1.23 WHIP, 4.43 FIP and 99 ERA+. Looking at his statcast numbers, he shown a lot to love. His hard hit percentage against was in the top of the league in 2019. His expected slash line against was above average, that’s all coming in a down year for McHugh.
Before 2019, McHugh had a very successful run. From 2014-2018 he pitched to a 3.63 ERA, 1.21WHIP and a 8.9 K/9. As steady as they came. His best season was his first one in the pen in 2018, were he pitched to a 1.99 ERA over 72.1 innings.
McHugh ability to pitch in numerous roles is a plus for the Mets current state. They need a guy who might be a part of the rotation before Noah returns and can easily transition to the bullpen. With other moves McHugh can be a long man/Spot starter in case of injuries. Like we have said numerous times, Mets need depth and McHugh provides that.
For the fans that don’t remember, McHugh made his MLB debut as a Mets against the Rockies on the 23th of August 2012. He pitched a great game going 7 scoreless while striking out 9. Before Harvey, his debut was the best I have seen live on TV.
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