New York Mets: Three Brad Brach predictions for the 2020 season
By Tim Boyle
What can we expect from New York Mets relief pitcher Brad Brach in 2020?
This offseason’s Brad Brach signing might be the most important forgotten move made by the New York Mets. Early in the winter while trees were still clinging to the faintest hint of fall foliage in some areas, Brodie Van Wagenen re-signed Brach to an extremely affordable one-year deal with a player option for 2021.
The contract will pay Brach $850,000 in 2020 and another $1.25 million in 2021. He can make even more in year two depending on how many games he pitches.
All eyes will be on the Mets bullpen in 2020 as fans hope to see drastic improvements. Brach could actually become one of the most relied upon relievers on the staff. In his return to Flushing, I’m going to make these three predictions for the righty from Freehold.
Brach has a very “Wilson 2019” season
Last year, Justin Wilson became one of the best relievers on the Mets. This wasn’t always the case. A lengthy stint on the IL made it look like this Van Wagenen signing would get lumped in with his other poor free agent additions and trades he made. A later resurgence changed the narrative.
When Wilson did finally get healthy, he quickly showed why BVW wanted him in the first place. He ended the year with strong numbers, giving the team and fans hope for a promising 2020.
What does this have to do with Brach? Well, I see a similar thing happening this year with him.
Brach won’t have the same level of success. However, with the upcoming season as his age 34 campaign, I’m already prepared to see him miss a portion of the year.
There’s something about putting on a Mets uniform that causes players to get hurt. I’m not superstitious, pessimistic, or saying anything we haven’t already realized. Although Brach has stayed generally healthy throughout his career, I believe this is a year where we miss him for about a month.
This doesn’t mean Brach will have a lost season. Rather, I am expecting him to pitch well while he is around. He’ll have an ERA around his career total of 3.33, possibly leaning a few points in either direction.
Brach isn’t here to save games or rescue the Mets. He’s here to give them another option in case of disaster. I think he’ll do a fine job at it.