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New York Mets 2018 report cards for the relief pitchers

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets celebrates the final out of the game as the New York Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets celebrates the final out of the game as the New York Mets defeat the Atlanta Braves 3-0 on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets bullpen was all over the place in 2018. Let’s grade each relief pitcher and see who deserves a gold star.

Twenty-five players walked, ran, or rode through the bullpen gate to climb the mound for the 2018 New York Mets. For the most part, the results were disappointing and erratic, with a few bright spots, especially Seth Lugo.

We saw appearances from six trade acquisitions from 2017 and 2018, three former Mets starters, and an over-the-hill shortstop. And we said goodbye (or at least goodbye for a while) to one of the best (yet brief) closers in team history.

Mets bullpen stats in 2018 (NL average per team) (note: all stats from FanGraphs unless otherwise noted):

  • W 27 (30)
  • L 36 (28)
  • SV 41 (41)
  • HLD 65  (89)
  • BS 17 (23)
  • G 501 (552)
  • IP 546.1 (572)
  • IP/G 1.09 (1.04)
  • K/9 8.47 (8.95)
  • K% 21.6 (23.2)
  • BB/9 3.67 (3.68)
  • BB% 9.4 (9.6)
  • K%-BB% 12.2 (13.7)
  • HR/9 1.35 (1.03)
  • LOB% 70.0 (72.6)
  • GB% 37.1 (44.1)
  • HR/FB 12.2% (11.9%)
  • ERA 4.96 (4.08)
  • FIP 4.61 (4.03)
  • xFIP 4.68 (4.13)
  • WHIP 1.41 (1.33)
  • BABIP .303 (.297)
  • WAR -0.6 (3.0)

Seth Lugo (relief only) (see starting pitcher report card for grade as a starter)

The Nicknames: Quarterrican (2018 Players Weekend), Mr. Spin

The Review: Seth Lugo may have been disappointed to be moved to the bullpen in 2018, but it was the best move for the Mets. He has become one of those multi-inning weapons out of the pen who can pitch in any inning(s) or circumstance and hold the opponent down while using fewer relievers per game.

The most notable statistical improvement was his strikeout percentage, which has gone from 17.3  (2016) to 19.5 (2017) to 25.1 (2018), combining starting and relieving.

As a reliever only, his K% was 24.7, well above average for Mets relievers and NL relievers as a whole.

He also kept the ball in the park, with a 0.57 HR/9 while the Mets bullpen as a whole rocked a 1.35 HR/9, which is not good at all (1.03 NL reliever league average).

The Pitching stats:

  • G 49
  • SV 3
  • HLD 11
  • BS 1
  • IP 78.1
  • Batters faced per game 6.29
  • ERA 2.30
  • FIP 2.97
  • xFIP 3.55
  • WHIP 1.01
  • gmLI 1.15
  • LOB% 79.7
  • K% 24.7
  • BB% 7.1
  • K-BB% 17.5
  • HR/9 0.57
  • HR/FB 7.5%
  • GB% 47.3
  • BABIP .256
  • WAR 1.2

The Grade: A

Notes: Pitched as a starter for Team Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, which may have contributed to his less than stellar 2017.

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