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NY Mets: Mid-term grades for the Mets pitching staff

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 3, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 03: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets before a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on July 3, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Jul 10, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Seth Lugo throws against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the sixth inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

Seth Lugo

I believe Seth Lugo is the most reliable reliever in the Mets bullpen. You can put him in any situation and he will find a way to get outs. He missed the first two months of the season but has posted a 2.65 ERA in 16 appearances. Will be a huge piece of the second half for the Mets.

Grade: B+

Drew Smith

If this guy can ever stay healthy he will end up being a big piece in the Mets bullpen in the future. This season he has excelled in low-medium leverage situations, posting a 2.92 ERA in 19 appearances. His ability to go more than three outs has been a huge help as well. Walks are a bit of an issue though, as he has walked 4.4 batters per nine.

Grade: B

Tylor Megill

Megill clearly was not fully ready to pitch in the majors but has done better than I expected as someone who was forced into the rotation due to all of the injuries. He has struck out 26 batters in his four starts, along with a 3.50 ERA. The only downside has been his inability to pitch deep into games but he has kept the Mets in games which is really all you can ask for.

Grade: B-

Jeurys Familia

I thought Familia was pretty much a lost cause but he has actually been a pretty big piece in this Mets bullpen. Walks are high, but they always will be high. His 3.77 FIP is over a run better than his FIP’s in the other two seasons he has been a Met since he re-signed.

Grade: B-

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