Mets: Three takeaways from Thursday’s win over the Nationals

By Danny Abriano
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Apr 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Alex Torres (54) throws against the Washington Nationals during the seventh inning at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports

Alex Torres’ wild seventh inning was alarming

Lefty reliever Alex Torres, who the Mets acquired from the Padres on March 30, was incredibly wild during his first Mets appearance.

Torres walked 5.50 per 9 last season with the Padres, and that wildness was on display on Thursday afternoon.

After entering with a 6-0 lead, Torres issued a leadoff walk to Ian Desmond, struck out Dan Uggla, and then walked Jose Lobaton before being removed by Terry Collins.

Issuing walks in tight spots or pitch-around situations is one thing, but doing it with your team up 6-0 while not really throwing anything near the plate is disconcerting.

While Thursday wasn’t a good first appearance, Torres can be an asset if he’s able to get his control in check. For his career, he has held lefties to a .212/.355/.270 line and has a career 2.55 ERA and 1.22 WHIP overall.