Addison Reed was the reliever the Mets needed in the regular season but not in the playoffs
The 2015 trade for Addison Reed couldn’t have gone much better for the Mets. In his 15.1 regular season innings, Reed had a 1.17 ERA. Even better in 2016 with a full year to pitch to a 1.97 ERA with the addition of becoming the team’s closer in 2017, if you didn’t look at his playoff statistics you might think he was an absolute Mets legend.
Reed’s Mets story, unfortunately, must include his playoff performance. Sadly, it wasn’t so great.
Reed began the 2015 postseason with 1.1 innings of work against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Surrendering a run, it was a not-so-superb start but a limited enough sample size to look over. A single run allowed shouldn’t ruin a player’s reputation.
Two shutout frames in the NLCS against the Chicago Cubs seemed to get him on track. However, this wasn’t the case. When the World Series began, the Kansas City Royals had Reed’s number.
Overall totals for Reed in the 2015 World Series include 3.2 innings pitched, 5 runs (4 earned), and a loss. The loss was a big one, too. In only one-third of an inning, Reed allowed all of his World Series runs in Game 5. This was the clincher that would end the season for New York. In this particular outing, he left with one out and the bases juiced. Lorenzo Cain would go on to knock a bases-clearing double versus Bartolo Colon to bury the Mets.
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All three of these trades had good to awesome results in the regular season. Unfortunately, when the team needed them most, they folded.