Four in-house Bullpen Options

Bullpen? That will probably look the most different out of any part of the Mets roster. With an off-season where the Mets have 6 of their main 8 bullpen arms from 2022, becoming free agents, there is a lot of questions about the bullpen. In a recent article I mentioned one arm the Mets should accept a mutual option on, but it’s still a question if Givens will accept. Right now the Mets have two arms who are almost certain of a bullpen spot but I believe two other in-house options also have a fair shot.

Drew Smith

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way. Drew Smith will make the Mets bullpen when healthy and there is every reason to believe he should. Smith had a solid year, pitching to a 3.33 ERA over 46 innings. In that span, he struck out 53 and walked just 15. Main issue with Smith was the long ball, as he allowed 9 homers over those 46 innings. However, even with the long balls and fairly high hard hit percentage, Smith Expected ERA stood at 3.78. That’s mainly because he kept his opponents expected BA and Expected Weighted OBA down (.221/.303).

It’s also worth mentioning that Smith’s worse month was July (7.56ERA), right before the Mets put him on the injured list with an arm issue. He returned with solid numbers at the end of the year. So yes, Drew Smith is obviously in the pen next year.

Stephen Nogosek

Could the Mets pen next year have two 2017 trade deadline additions in their bullpen for 2023? Yes I believe they should. Stephen Nogosek was tremendous in his time in the majors but also did well in AAA. The 27 year old pitched to a 2.45 ERA in 22 innings for the Mets. But besides his small samplesize success in the majors, he also pitched to a 2.30 ERA in AAA over 43 innings. In the majors he didn’t strike out as much as in AAA but still had a repectable 8.6K/9. However, it’s worth noting that he didn’t have a consistent role in the majors (mostly getting some multi innings stints when the Mets had a big lead/deficit).

Main reason I trust Nogosek is his added velo and success with his 4 seamer. In a small samplesize, Nogosek got a -3 run value with his 4 seam fastball alone. His expected slash line against his 4 seam fastball was .193/.304/.350. He uses his 4 seamer less and learned a cutter. His cutter is still a work in progress, but it did allow more success with his 4 seamer. Let’s hope he can develop his cutter in a better weapon. I see Nogosek more as a middle relief role instead of the back end off the bullpen.

Joey Lucchesi

The somewhat forgotten man in the Mets depth chart is Joey Lucchesi. A starter that will likely find his way into the Mets bullpen in 2023. With Williams being a free agent, the Mets need an arm that can give you innings and be a spot starter. Joey Lucchesi fits that profile.

After TJS Lucchesi had a year with rehab and ended his season with some rehab outings. Lucchesi looked good in his rehab outings, pitching to a 2.13 ERA over 12.2 innings. Before his injury Lucchesi pitched go a 4.46 ERA over 38.1 innings with the Mets in 2021. He did however, had a 3.40FIP and 1.17WHIP, indicating he could be better. And don’t we all love the churve?

John Curtiss

Who? Yes John Curtiss. The Mets signed Curtiss last offseason with a 770.000 dollar deal with a team option for 775.000 dollars. The Mets made this trade to have him in 2023 as he was recovering from TJS as he signed the deal. The Mets were aware that he would miss the entire 2022 season when he signed, which was smart knowing how many free agents the Mets have.

The 29 year old right has control thru the 2025 season and owns a 3.63 career ERA. He did pitch in just 86.2 innings over his career with his most success in 2021. In that year he pitched to a 3.45 ERA over 44.1 innings with the Marlins and Brewers. Worth mentioning that Curtiss pitched to a 2.43 ERA before the trade, but got into just 4 games with the Brewers, were he struggled. That was followed with him being diagnosed with a torn UCL, which could indicate him pitching hirt

Curtiss gets his most success with his 4 seam fastball. In 2021 hitters hit just .155/.216/.238 against his 4 seamer. His slider however, got hit (.330/.388/.568) but his expected slash line against that pitch was way better (.266/.293/.385). So there is reason to expect him to have better results with his slider, with worse results with his 4 seamer.

Like Givens, Curtiss would be a solid arm to have as depth in your bullpen. And with the cost attached so low, you have to give it a try.

So who do you think will make this pen? Let us know in the comments.

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Mets Junkies Game Recap: The Mets Take Two

The culture has shifted. This is something that Mets fans have been hoping for since the late 80’s, and it couldn’t have come to Queens soon enough.

The New York Mets hosted a doubleheader against the San Francisco Giants on Tuesday afternoon, with pitchers Tylor Megill and Max Scherzer on the rubber.

While Megill wasn’t as sharp as he’s been throughout his first couple of starts, the Mets were still able to walk away with the win, as they would comeback, and eventually walk-off in the tenth.

Megill tossed six innings, surrendering four i runs on seven hits and two walks. The righty was able to K just four batters as his ERA has now raised to 2.20 in 16.1 innings pitched.

The Mets scored three in the middle innings, two of which would come off of the bat of Jeff McNeil with a fifth inning double. The two runs would cut the deficit down to 4-3.

It’s important to note that Mets first baseman Pete Alonso made a big defensive play during the contest. Alonso has garnered a lot of criticism, in pertains to first base and defensive abilities.

After tying the game, Francisco Lindor would eventually end the game in the bottom of the tenth with a walk-off, RBI single.

The second game featured Max Scherzer on the hill, and it went just about as you would expect for the Giants.

Scherzer threw seven innings of one run ball, while striking out ten batters. He did surrender a run on a lone hit, as well as walking three on the night.

Drew Smith continues to look fantastic out of the bullpen, and should continue to be a vital part of the pen, especially now without Miguel Castro.

Eduardo Escobar also continues to be clutch while donning the Orange & Blue. The utility man went 2-4 with two RBI’s as his batting average is now sitting at .289 on the campaign.

Scherzer is now 3-0 as a Met, with an ERA of 2.50 in 18 innings pitched.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Shutout Powerfull Phills

The Mets shutout the Phillies with a 2-0 win on Tuesday. Tylor Megill was great jet again pitching 5.1 scoreless frames. Megill now has 10.1 innings of scoreless ball this season!

Megill allowed just 3 hits without allowing a walk, while striking out 5. Over his season, Megill allowed just 6 hits without walking a batter.

The bullpen didn’t falther on Tuesday as Chasen Shreve (IP, 0H, 0BB,K) and Drew Smith (1.2IP, H, 0BB, 3K) got the ball to closer Edwin Diaz, who returned from paternity leave.

Diaz got into a little trouble, allowing two infield hits. But the closer dominated Schwarber, Harper and Hoskins with three strikeouts. His slider looked great and got a lot of swings and misses.

The Mets offense got just enough against Wheeler and the Phillies bullpen, collecting just 3 hits. Brandon Nimmo opened the score with a solo shot against Wheeler in the fifth. Lindor added a clutch RBI hit in the eight, scoring Marte who collected a clutch stolen base.

Today Max Scherzer and the Mets (4-2) will play the Rubber Game against Nola and the Phillies (3-2). Game starts at 1.05 at Citizen’s Bank Park.

Photo Credit: New York Post

MetsJunkies Recap: Prospect Galore

During the time Mets fans waited patiently on the deGrom update, the Mets played a game against the Cardinals. A lot of regulars started the game, but in the third inning, the Game got into a rain delay. The Mets end up losing the Game 7-2.

After the rain delay, the regulars were replaced and a lot of young minor league prospects came in. Alex Ramirez was the best prospect that got Game action and he collected a nice opposite field hit.

Wyatt Young was the star for the Mets as he went 2 for 3, with both Mets runs driven in. The 2021 15th round pick has a terrific pro debut year and shows it off during Spring Training.

On the pitching side, the Mets gave the start to Felix Pena in place of deGrom. Pena allowed 3 runs in 2 innings of work. The Mets got scoreless outings from Alex Claudio, Drew Smith (both 1 inning) and Sean Reid-Foley (2 innings). Both Ottavino and Collin Holderman allowed 2 runs in their inning.

The Mets are off today and will play the Marlins on Sunday at Port St. Lucie. Game wi start at 1.10pm.

Photo Credit: Wyatt Young Instagram

Mets Junkies Game Recap: Cookie Crumb’s

New York Mets starter Carlos Carrasco had another tough outing in Orange & Blue. The former Cleveland Indians pitcher made his first appearance of the spring, while giving up three runs in four innings pitched.

So far this spring, Carrasco sports an ERA of 6.75 after his first go-around against the Houston Astros.

Slugger Pete Alonso displayed his mammoth like power as the first baseman hit a three-run shot in the 6th, counting for his first long-ball of the spring.

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So far during the spring, the Mets pitching staff has looked pretty. Relievers Adam Ottavino, Miguel Castro, Alex Claudio, Drew Smith, and Colin Holderman have all been on point as they haven’t allowed any runs during Spring Training.

The 6-4 Mets will square off against the 1-10 Washington Nationals on Thursday evening as Erick Fedde will take on Taijuan Walker.

Photo Credit: Anthony DiComo

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets Fall Prey to Orioles

For David Peterson, this will make back to back shortened starts when the lefty is out there. This time out against the Baltimore Orioles, Peterson threw just 2.2 innings while surrendering four earned runs on eight base hits. The left-hander’s ERA is now at 6.32 after this appearance in Baltimore.

Despite the terrible outing, manager Luis Rojas told reporters that David Peterson will indeed make his next scheduled start. So while many might have been wondering about Peterson’s fate, management seems to know have a plan.

Believe it or not, the Mets actually got up early in this contest when Pete Alonso hit a two-run shot in the first inning. The home run, his eighth, would come off of lefty Bruce Zimmermann and put the boys in Orange & Blue up by two.

Every pitcher wearing a Mets uniform in this contest gave up a run, so there isn’t much to write about on that front. However, Drew Smith struck out three batters in two innings pitched while giving up a run.

While the rest of the Mets offense was on a sabbatical, Pete Alonso came through with another home run. His second dinger of the evening would this time come off of pitcher Travis Larkin Sr., a righty with a plus six ERA.

The Mets and Orioles will finish off this series tomorrow evening at 7:05 PM EST in Camden Yards.

MetsJunkies Recap: Mets fall to the Fish in the ninth

Saturday’s game didn’t feature much offense from either time, as a matter of fact, we didn’t see the first run of the game until the bottom of the seventh inning. However, when the bats are silent, we’re at least in the midst of a good pitching matchup.

Joey Lucchesi hit the hill and tossed four scoreless, one- hit innings in just an amazing 43 pitches. While some may question the decision of manager Luis Rojas, Lucchesi himself has acknowledged that he needs to be more consistent in his outings.

My guy Sean Reid-Foley also took the mound and while he gave up a run, he’s still pitching at a high level of intensity. The right-hander whom was acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays in the off-season now has an ERA of 1.54 for the Mets.

Offensively, there’s not really much to say for the Mets here. Dom Smith went 1-4 on the afternoon, however his one hit was a big one as it not only put the Mets on the board, it tied the game in the eighth.

Unfortunately in the bottom part of the ninth inning, Drew Smith would give up two hits. One of these hits being the big blow via a walk-off two-run home run by Marlins outfielder Garrett Cooper.

The Mets (21-18) and Marlins (21-24) will meet again tomorrow afternoon in the rubber-match between the two NL East competitors.

MetsJunkies Game Recap: ReplaceMets fall to Braves; Win the Series

Jonathan Villar has been pretty clutch since joining the Mets, especially while in the starting lineup. Today, Villar lead the fourth inning off with a home run off of Braves starter Charlie Morton.

Former New York Mets outfielder Guillermo Heredia would put Atlanta on the board with a well hit single. Pitcher Charlie Morton would immediately follow Heredia with an unorthodox RBI single of his own, putting the Braves up by two.

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t end just yet. David Peterson would throw a 58-footer causing a wild pitch and that would allow Heredia to cross the plate.

So after 4.2 innings pitched, Peterson would be removed after pitching an excellent four innings out of the gate. He would be charged with three earned runs on five hits while walking one and striking out five.

Drew Smith would come in to relieve Peterson and was spot on as he went 1.1 scoreless innings, keeping his ERA at 0.00 so far.

In the top half of the seventh, Jose Peraza would lace a double down the line that would push across Dom Smith to score. Tomas Nido would crash through again with his own single to put the Mets up 4-3, the catcher is 5-9 in the series and has driven in three runs.

Miguel Castro, who opened in last night’s contest, came on to pitch in the seventh as he put down the middle of the Braves order in yet another impressive outing. Not only did the righty get the job done, but his pitches had a tremendous amount of movement on them as he was clearly effective. Castro’s ERA is now 2.97 on the year.

However, Aaron Loup would come into the game in the eighth and give up three consecutive hits to start the inning, giving up the lead. He would be removed for Jacob Barnes.

Barnes and the Mets did a great job of getting out of the eighth inning with only giving up one run, however Ronald Acuna Jr would hit a walk-off home run off of Barnes to lead off the ninth.

The Mets would drop the game, 5-4, however they did take the series against the Braves. After a day off tomorrow, the Mets will be back on Friday to take on Miami Marlins.

Mets recall Drew Smith

Per Anthony DiComo, the Mets have called up right-handed reliever Drew Smith. The Fort Worth, Texas native has yet to appear in the Majors during this 2021 season however pitched to a 6.43 ERA in 2020.

Throughout his career, Smith has posted a 1-2 record with a 4.11 ERA in 35 innings pitched. Smith was of course acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays for DH/First Baseman Lucas Duda.

In return, the Mets have decided to send down reliever Trevor Hildenberger in order to make room.

Drew Smith and Arodys Vizcaino Dealing with Soreness

Right handed relievers Drew Smith and Arodys Vizcaino are dealing with soreness in their arms.

Drew Smith, who was showing great promise this spring, is dealing with right shoulder soreness. There is no timetable for his return.

The 27 year old owns a career 4.11 ERA after a strong first season in 2018. After TJS, he returned last season with 7 iffy innings. This spring Smith has looked great with 3 scoreless innings, allowing just one hit with no walks and three strikeouts.

Arodys Vizcaino is dealing with lateral right elbow soreness. He is expected to return in games next weekend.

The former Braves closer is returning from some injury riddled seasons. The 30 year old pitched just 4 innings in 2019, after he had to cut his year short with shoulder surgery. He hasn’t pitched in 2020.

When healthy Vizcaino was an accomplished closer for the Braves. Between 2017 and 2019 he pitched to a 2.53 ERA and a 1.14.WHIP. This spring Vizcaino pitched just one innings, but looked really good in that inning.

Both had a shot to make the bullpen with some open spots in that pen. This will make the battle a little less crowded. Hopefully they both return quickly, because the Mets could use them both during a 162 season.

Photo by: Anthony DiComo on Twitter.