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New York Mets Bullpen 2017-2019: A short list of effective arms

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 20: Jerry Blevins #39 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Atlanta Braves on September 20, 2016 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

2017 Bullpen

The 2017 Mets went only 70-92. The only man to reach double-digits in wins, Jacob deGrom, faced his own struggles in the regular season. Behind 15 wins, the 2018 Cy Young winner posted a rather average 3.53 ERA. Far and away the best starter on the team, he didn’t get much help from the relievers.

Some bad performers out of the 2017 bullpen include Fernando Salas, Paul Sewald, and Josh Smoker. Triple-S, as nobody calls them, all had ERAs above 4.50. Sewald’s 0-6 record was the worst in terms of decisions, but Salas’ 6.00 ERA was at the bottom as far as run-prevention goes.

Other regular bad relievers include Chris Flexen and Hansel Robles. We saw each of them put up abysmal numbers with Flexen adding a few as a starter.

In this bullpen, two men did stand out above the rest. They were closer Addison Reed and left-handed specialist Jerry Blevins.

Reed’s 2017 campaign saw him take over the closer duties for the Mets prior to getting traded. His 2.57 ERA in 49 innings led the team. He was a standout pitcher on a team without much talent in the bullpen.

Meanwhile, Blevins got the job done in his limited role. Also in 49 innings, Blevins managed to go 6-0 with a 2.94 ERA. His 12.7 strikeouts per nine seem like a distant memory now. In 2017, it led to victory.

Just missing the cut, fellow southpaw Josh Edgin tossed 37 innings and delivered a 3.65 ERA. Chasen Bradford also came close with 33.2 innings and a 3.74 ERA. However, due to the limited number of frames they worked, it may have been only a matter of time before they blew up on the mound.

For those keeping score at home, in year one of this project, we have two decent relievers.