Mets Season in Review: Seth Lugo

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Areas to Improve Upon

May 4, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; A stack of baseballs and a glove before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

May 4, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; A stack of baseballs and a glove before a game between the New York Yankees and the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports

In his short stay with the Mets last year, the three things that stood out to me were strikeouts, walks, and innings pitched.

For strikeouts, Lugo is going to have to get a put away pitch to utilize at this level. Through 69.0 innings pitched, he struck out 45 batters.

For walks, Lugo needs to develop more command. Rather than overpower hitters, we saw him work towards the corners of the plate and fool them. Through 69.0 innings pitched, he walked 21 batters

If these two things could be worked on, he could become a very seasoned pitcher that could work in multiple roles for this team in the future.

As for his durability, we saw last year that he was pulled from a start against St. Louis because of muscle cramps. Obviously, he needs more time at this level to get the hang of hitters and his own stuff, but the more he pitches, the better he’ll be. If he could be stretched a little more through starts, when needed, it’ll go a long way for this team.

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