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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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Paul Sewald

The Nickname: Paulie (2018 Players Weekend)

The Review: Paul Sewald is 28, and this may be who he is as a major league relief pitcher. His FIP and BABIP indicate he was a bit unlucky in 2018 compared to 2017, but his strikeout %, walk %, and HR/9 indicate he is not that good. I expect he gets another spring to show something, but he needs to change it up, perhaps by throwing more changeups (6.1% in 2018), his only better than an average pitch per FanGraphs.

The Pitching stats:

  • G 46
  • IP 56.1
  • ERA 6.07
  • FIP 4.23 (2017 3.84)
  • xFIP 4.67
  • K% 22.9
  • BB% 9.1
  • K-BB% 13.8
  • HR/9 1.28
  • BABIP .331 (2017 .287)
  • WHIP 1.51
  • GB% 30.4
  • WAR 0.1

The Grade: D

Hansel Robles

The Nicknames: El Peñaco (2017 Players Weekend, means the rock), Mr. Pointee

The Review: Hansel Robles is 27 years old, seemingly in his prime, and yet, he has never been able to develop into a reliable reliever for any length of time for the Mets. And yet, for the Angels in laid-back Anaheim, his HR/9 dropped to 0.50 and his WHIP fell to 1.29.

I always thought he would do better away from the bright lights, big city atmosphere of New York City. I wish him well and hope to never see him in blue and orange again.

The Pitching stats:

  • G 16
  • IP 19.2
  • ERA 5.03
  • FIP 7.13
  • xFIP 4.52
  • K% 26.1
  • BB% 11.4
  • K-BB% 14.8
  • HR/9 3.20 (this points to the problem!)
  • HR/FB 29.2 (this, too)
  • BABIP .298
  • WHIP 1.58 (this does not help)
  • GB% 26.9
  • WAR -0.7

The Grade: F

Notes: Hansel Robles mercifully left us for Los Angeles de Anaheim before too much damage could be done.

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