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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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Anthony Swarzak

The Nickname: T-SWEEZY (2018 Players Weekend)

The Review: Anthony Swarzak seemed like a good idea at the time. We might have expected some regression after a career year in 2017, but how many people expected a season basically lost to a run of injuries.

He missed all of April and May, almost all of August through mid-September, and he never got into a good groove. He has some interesting splits, but the sample size is too small to glean anything useful.

The Pitching stats:

  • G 29
  • IP 26.1
  • ERA 6.15
  • FIP 5.48
  • xFIP 4.33
  • WHIP 1.59
  • WAR -0.4

The Grade: F+ (plus for having another chance to get it together)

AJ Ramos

The Nickname: Junior (2018 Players Weekend)

The Review: The only question is whether AJ Ramos was bad because he was hurt, or he was bad because he is in a steep decline. The good news is he’s a free agent and the Mets will never need to find out the answer.

Ramos’ 17.1 BB% compares slightly favorably with Barry Bonds‘ career 20.3% and Babe Ruth‘s 19.4 %. This is not good.

The Pitching stats:

  • G 28
  • IP 19.1
  • ERA 6.41
  • FIP 5.19
  • xFIP 5.40
  • K% 25.0
  • BB% 17.1 (egads!)
  • K-BB% 8.0
  • HR/9 1.37
  • WHIP 1.63
  • GB% 26.5
  • WAR -0.2
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