How He Fared with the Mets in 2016
Getting called up in June, Lugo was supposed to be primarily used out of the bullpen. He was called up in the first place because of a number of injuries to the Mets pitching staff. Add a couple of more injuries to an already injury depleted rotation and Lugo was eventually put into it. This had cause for concern because as we mentioned before, Lugo didn’t pitch well at the Triple-A level. How could he possibly be trusted to start for a team that had playoff dreams to begin the season?
To make it short, Lugo pitched extremely well in his short time with the Mets. Coming out of the bullpen was one thing, but starting for the Mets is what they really needed. Lugo, along with Robert Gsellmen, helped the Mets tread water while they were fighting to get back to the .500 mark.
Pitching to a 5-2 record, Lugo started 8 games for the Mets and appeared in a 17 total games. Pitching through 64.0 innings, he had a 2.67 ERA (nearly 4 full points lower than his total ERA in Las Vegas). He helped a devastated rotation stay above water and get to the playoffs, when it seemed like a total cake dream. It was more proof to people that no matter the expectations, or lack-there-of, anything is possible, even for a minor leaguer with zero expectations.