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New York Mets: The three pitching roles Seth Lugo can fill in 2020

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park on June 23, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 23: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the first inning at AT&T Park on June 23, 2017 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 01: Seth Lugo #67 of the New York Mets delivers a pitch against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on May 01, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The Cincinnati Reds defeated the New York Mets 1-0. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

Seth Lugo has been one of the most trusted arms for the New York Mets over the past two seasons. In 2020, the team can decide to use him in one of three different roles.

Seth Lugo didn’t arrive to the major leagues with much fanfare back in 2016. As a 34th round draft pick by the New York Mets back in 2011, he was someone who theoretically should have never sniffed the big leagues. He defied the odds and for the second consecutive year, Lugo has been the most reliable bullpen arm on this team.

The amazing thing about Lugo is how he can be so much more than this. As a pitcher, there are three distinct roles he could fill: starter, reliever, and closer. Though there are other types of roles like an opener, specialist, long-man, etc. I think Lugo needs to stick with one of the major three. In a way, he has even created out a niche of his own as a multi-inning specialist who takes the mound for more than mop-up duty.

This year, out of both need and based on past performance, we have only seen Lugo pitch in relief. He has served as the closer in some situations. There’s a chance he can slide into this role a little more frequently depending upon how well Edwin Diaz performs when he takes the mound.

Moving forward, the Mets can decide to give Lugo any of these three jobs. I have no doubt he could excel at any of them. He has proven he can handle whatever is thrown at him. Based on team need and performance, we could see Lugo step on the mound as a starter, reliever, or in a more specific relief role as the closer.

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