After Thursday’s game against the Nationals, the Mets announced that LHP John Lannan has been added to the 40-man roster. Lannan, who was signed to a minor league deal early this offseason, will serve as the second lefty in the bullpen.
Mar 23, 2014; Port St. Lucie, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher John Lannan (32) throws a pitch against the Washington Nationals at Tradition Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-USA TODAY Sports
Until this spring, Lannan, 29, had been a starter for his entire career.
Since making his move to the bullpen, Lannan has appeared in four of the last five games as he becomes acclimated to his new role.
For a few reasons, Lannan is far from an ideal candidate as the second lefty in the pen.
As is noted above, this is the first time in his career he’ll work out of the bullpen. How his body reacts to the rigors of pitching as often as he’ll be called on will be interesting to see.
Additionally, unlike most lefty relievers, Lannan’s splits against left handed hitters aren’t much different than his splits against right handed hitters.
For his career, Lannan has held lefties to a triple slash of .267/.332/.423. Against righties, opponents have posted a triple slash of .276/.347/.408.
However, with Josh Edgin not an answer at this point and Jack Leathersich not a LOOGY, the Mets are almost turning to Lannan by default. For his sake and the sake of the Mets, let’s hope it works out.