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Mets: Justin Wilson’s best and worst case scenarios for 2019

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MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 11: Justin Wilson #37 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the seventh inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 11, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
MILWAUKEE, WI - JUNE 11: Justin Wilson #37 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch during the seventh inning of a game against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on June 11, 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
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Worst Case Scenario

The worst-case scenario for Wilson in 2019 is that he joins the long list of left-handed relievers to just never work out for the Mets.

Believe it or not, the Mets have had some bad luck when it comes to left-handed relievers. They always seem to have a great year or two for the Amazins and then seem to run out of gas in the latter years of their contract.

Pedro Feliciano was a workhorse for New York back in the day before the Mets overused him. He led the entire league in appearances in 2008, 2009, and 2010; pitching in a whopping total of 92 games in 2010. After a major injury in the following year, Feliciano was never to be seen again. Jerry Blevins was also a talented lefty in his first year in New York before he slowly fell off as well and went from being a Mets must-have player to being expendable this offseason.

Scott Rice, Josh Edgin, and the list can go on forever of left-handed pitchers who just couldn’t stick around for the Mets. The worst-case scenario is that Wilson joins that list of left-handed relievers to flop in Flushing.

Although Wilson has been pretty consistent over the course of his career, one category that is worrisome is the base on balls (BB). Over that last two seasons, Wilson has walked a lot of batters for the innings he has thrown. In 2017 he pitched 58 innings and issued 35 BB and followed that up in 2018 with 33 BB in 54.2 innings pitched.

Despite signing late in the offseason, Wilson is a key piece to the bullpen and if he does not have a strong 2019 it could be a big concern for the Mets.

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