Hansel has not been so hot right now, and has been optioned to Vegas. Josh Smoker is back in the Mets bullpen.
The New York Mets pleased a majority of their fans on Tuesday afternoon after they announced that relief pitcher Hansel Robles was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas. He will be replaced by lefty Josh Smoker, who made the Opening Day roster.
Robles has been an enigma for the Mets this season. In 21 appearances, he has a 6.23 ERA and allowed has 15 runs, all of them earned.
In two recent appearances, he combined for 1.2 innings pitched and eight earned runs. This past Sunday, Robles all but ended the thoughts of a potential Amazins’ comeback after he surrendered a three-run home run to Andrelton Simmons in the seventh inning.
Overall, Robles has shown signs of consistency for the Mets in the bullpen. Hopefully a stint in the minor leagues can get his head straight, and can bring him to form.
On the other hand, the Mets have now add another lefty to their already-riddled bullpen. Smoker, who was optioned to Triple-A earlier this month upon Matt Harvey’s return from suspension, has had his own issues on the mound. Smoker has a 7.88 ERA in 15 games for the Mets. He also has 14 earned runs under his belt.
However, he’s fared better since his demotion: in two games with Las Vegas, he pitched to a sub-2.00 ERA.
Will Smoker be a much needed addition to the bullpen? Well, Mets fans are sure hoping that he fares much better than Robles did (which, from what you can see above, is not much of a stretch this past season).
Smoker has had a movie-like career, and hopefully his performance now that he’s back in the majors will have promise as well.