Three unheralded arms out of the New York Mets bullpen have provided the ballclub with consistent results this season.
The New York Mets came into the 2020 campaign with their bullpen being featured as one of the strengths of the team. Many were expecting the likes of Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Dellin Betances, and Edwin Diaz to lock down the late innings and provide the Mets with an advantage that many other teams did not have at the end of the game. Unfortunately, those plans haven’t quite come to fruition.
Familia has again struggled with bouts of inconsistency in the second year of his three year $30 million deal, while Lugo has moved into the starting rotation due to a lack of bodies available to pitch. Dellin Betances has struggled to say the least with diminished velocity and is on the Injured List with right lat tightness. While Edwin Diaz has shown glimpses of promise in short spurts, he is still struggling with giving up the long ball, as well as closing out games.
What many did not expect were three pitchers who were not highly regarded coming into the season keeping the Mets bullpen afloat with consistent results and eating up quality innings. Those three pitchers I’m referencing are left-hander Chasen Shreve, as well as right-handers Brad Brach and Jared Hughes.
Each of these three pitchers has provided a boost to a Mets pitching staff that has sorely lacked any semblance of consistency, and it’s fair to wonder where the bullpen would be at this point without their contributions. I wanted to take a look into each of these three relievers’ remarkable results this season and whether each pitcher should have a role with the Mets in 2021.