I’m a little shocked by this move however it is what it is. The good news is that the Mets will now call up Chris Mazza, who pitched four impressive innings in his Major League debut just recently.
The 29-year old Font has a 5.20 ERA in his 45 innings pitched and 25 games. However, the righty had a 2.77 ERA in the month of June.
When the Mets traded for Wilmer Font from the Tampa Bay Rays, the initial feedback wasn’t great, especially since the Mets had planned to start him just two or three days later. Now Font doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to him starting games, but if we look into some of his numbers as a reliever since joining the Mets, my guess is you’d be shocked.
In seven relief appearances, he’s accumulated 13.0 innings while keeping opponents at a measly .156 batting average. He’s also struck out 11 while maintaining a 0.69 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Another interesting thing with Font is his numbers against the opposition with two outs. In a small sample size, he’s pitched 7.1 innings with opponents only hitting .125 off of the right hander. Again, he has an impressive 2.45 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP during that small stretch.
On June 16th and June 20th, Font pitched three innings in each contest in which he only surrendered one hit and struck eight batters. He’s been displaying a higher velocity with his fastball sitting in the mid to upper 90’s and his curveball is just devastating, not only changing the eye sight of the batter but also throwing off his rhythm in the box.
This is not me petitioning to get Font into the All-Star Game but I do think it’s time we start looking at that trade as a potential win, instead of immediately deeming it atrocious before the player we acquired got into the swing of things.
While many writers and fans have criticized the trade made with the Tampa Rays for the right handed reliever, Font has filled a vital role in the bullpen, particularly with eating innings.
However, today Wilmer Font came into relieve the Injured Jason Vargas and pitched three hitless innings while only surrendering one walk. He struck out three batters and now has a 4.98 ERA in 34.1 innings pitched.
For the Mets to turn it around and be successful, the team needs Wilmer Font to step it up and fill in for Seth Lugo when he’s being overworked. Robert Gsellman needs to show shades of his former self, as well. Otherwise, the bullpen could be doomed for the entirety of the 2019 campaign.
Amed Rosario broke a 1-17 skid with a home run crushed over the centerfielder Victor Robles’ head. The solo shot would go down as Rosario’s fourth of the year. He then showed a great eye and patience during his second at-bat and drew a walk.
Pete Alonso crushed his 15th home run of the year, a Mets rookie record for home runs before the All-Star Break. The home run put the Mets up by two.
Todd Frazier snuck an RBI single past Trea Turner in the third inning, making it a 3-0 game.
Carlos Gomez got his first Mets hit in 12 years as he ripped an RBI to left center field, pushing the score to 4-0.
Wilmer Font pitched well. The newly acquired right hander that is more accustomed to relieving started the game for the Mets. Font pitched four innings, giving up 2 runs on
Drew Gagnon, the original slated starting pitcher for tonight’s matchup came into relieve Font and looked like Seth Lugo, the reliever he’s replacing in the ‘pen. The right pitched two scoreless innings and now has an ERA of 3.46 on the season.
Robinson Canó hit a pinch hit double in the sixth, his 13th double of the campaign.
Dom Smith jumped on a hanging slider in a pinch hit role, the young first baseman pushed the score out to 5-3.
Edwin Diaz picked up his 11th save of the year while maintaining a 2.04 ERA.
Update: The Mets have announced Wilmer Font as tonight’s starting pitcher against the Washington Nationals.
Font allowed five runs in 2.1 IP last time out, in Washington. Font is 1-1 with a 7.08 ERA going into his third start of the season.
I expect Drew Gagnon to see at least a couple of innings on the mound, anyway.
Source: Anthony DiComo
While it’s yet to be officially announced, the Mets plan to send righty Drew Gagnon to the mound in today’s bout against the Nationals. Gagnon is 1-0 in six games, owning a 4.09 ERA, 1.09 WHIP with 9 strikeouts in 11 innings pitched.
Expect the Callaway and the Mets to use Gagnon as a piggyback starter, as he did with Wilmer Font and even lefty veteran Jason Vargas.
The Nationals will send Patrick Corbin to the bump, Corbin is 1-0 with a 2.70ERA, 24 strikeouts against the Mets this season. I’m 2019, Corbin is 4-1 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 69 strikeouts over 9 starts and 58.2 innings pitched.
The Mets took the first game of the series against the Nationals on Tuesday as Wilmer Font (1-0, 5.50 ERA) will take the bump for the Mets tonight while D.C. sends Patrick Corbin (3-1, 3.20 ERA) to the mound. The game starts at 7:05 PM.
- LF – McNeil
- 3B – J.D. Davis
- 2B Canó
- 1B – Alonso
- RF – Conforto
- SS – Rosario
- C – Ramos
- CF – Lagares
- RHP – Font
Updated: May 7th: Wilmer Font will in fact get the nod and start on Wednesday’s game against the Padres… Hey! You wanted someone other than Cory Oswalt, now you have him.
Font does have 105 MiLB starts that date back to 2007.
The Mets and The Tampa Bay Rays have hooked up to complete a transaction on Monday morning. The Mets will trade cash or a player to be named later for Rays reliever Wilmer Font.
Font has pitched 15 innings with a 5.79 ERA, allowing 9 runs but striking out 18 batters.
In order for the Mets to carry him on the roster, they transferred Yoenis Cespedes to the 60-day IL