A short time after the Mets designated Hansel Robles, he was claimed by the angels. This is bad news for the Mets, who won’t get a chance to face him.
Like always, Robles began the season on fire, but then returned to his normal terrible self. In 2016 he held a 1.53 ERA after 20 games. In 2017 his ERA after 18 games was 1.42. He began the 2018 season in a similar fashion.
He kept his ERA around two for a short amount of time, and then like always, hell broke loose.
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Now he’s on the Angels. If you thought deGrom had it rough when he would throw a gem and then the bullpen blew it, wait until you see Robles coming into a game to replace Shohei Ohtani.
The Angels have a team ERA that’s on the verge of top ten. Let’s see how Robles and his constant 4-5 ERA shake things up over there.
In order to make room for Robles, the Angels sent Rene Rivera, who spent a good chunk of the last two seasons with the Mets, to the 60 day DL.
Will the Mets be better as a whole now that Robles is gone? They probably will. Robles hurt the team while he pitched for them. Unfortunately, he will also hurt them even more by playing for the Angels.
Wouldn’t it have been awesome if say the Marlins or Phillies claimed Robles instead? If things worked out in our favor, the Mets could have ended up facing Robles once or twice a week had he stayed within the division or at least within the league.
All of those home runs he gave up that cost the Mets a game. If the Mets had any sort of luck, it could have been them hitting the home runs off of Robles from now on. But no, the team that claimed Robles is one that the Mets don’t even play once against all season.
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The Mets missed out on an opportunity here. But at the very least, maybe something can happen that’s similar to what happened with Harvey and Devin Mesoraco. Maybe the change of scenery is what he needs to get things back on track.