There aren’t many active pitchers who have experienced the major high and low Michael Wacha has in the postseason. His first trip to the playoffs in 2013 included a stellar start in the NLDS, a NLCS MVP after 13.2 shutout innings, and a poor performance in the World Series.
Things didn’t go well for Wacha after whenever he found himself pitching past game 162. He famously gave up a walk-off home run to the San Francisco Giants in the 2014 NLCS. A year later, he made his return to the rotation when he faced the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS. They beat him up with three home runs in 4.1 innings of work.
Unfortunately, Wacha hasn’t had his redemption song. His promising postseason career has now turned into something far more average with a 4-3 record and 4.08 ERA.
Although his specific role with the 2020 Mets is undefined and may change throughout the year, there’s an opportunity for him to turn things around on the mound this season.
Mets fans are already familiar with Brad Brach from his time with the team in late 2019. He’s back and carries with him a short yet mostly successful postseason resume. In 5 innings, Brach has allowed only a single run.
I’m somewhat surprised to see Brach didn’t see more playoff action for the Baltimore Orioles. I think I may have underestimated how long they’ve been a bad baseball team and/or how often they were getting taken out in the playoffs quickly.
Brach never did allow a run in the playoffs as a member of the Orioles. The lone run he did surrender came as a member of the Atlanta Braves in 2018—his most recent trip there.
Brach doesn’t have the same playoff experience as some other guys on this list. And even if he did, relief pitchers are so hit and miss I wouldn’t know what to expect.