Mets: Three takeaways from Monday’s loss to the Cubs

By Danny Abriano
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May 8, 2015; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Hansel Robles (47) pitches during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Phillies won the game 3-1. Mandatory Credit: John Geliebter-USA TODAY Sports

Robles impressed in a tight spot

Hansel Robles entered in the sixth inning with the Mets trailing 4-3, and retired the side in order while striking out a pair. Robles then induced a fly out to start the seventh before walking Kris Bryant – who he pitched to very carefully – and being removed.

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Robles’ fastball sat in the mid-90s and ticked higher at times during his outing on Monday, and he got multiple swings and misses using his secondary offerings.

Since being called up, Robles has held the opposition scoreless in three of his four appearances while posting a WHIP of 1.00. However, he’s been underused, appearing in just two games so far in May.

Robles has the stuff to pitch in tight spots and toward the end of games, and it would make sense for the Mets to start relying on him a bit more. Especially with the way Carlos Torres has been overused.

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