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NEW YORK - APRIL 07: The home run apple is seen before the New York Mets play the Florida Marlins on April 7, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK - APRIL 07: The home run apple is seen before the New York Mets play the Florida Marlins on April 7, 2010 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Sep 3, 2021; San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Anthony DeSclafani (26) delivers a pitch during the first inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Oracle Park. Mandatory Credit: Neville E. Guard-USA TODAY Sports

Tony Disco could be twirling for the Mets next year.

The righty tossed 167.2 innings, gave up 141 hits, 59 earned runs, 42 walks, and struck out 152 batters. His ERA was 3.17, his FIP was 3.62, his WHIP was 1.09, his ERA+ was 129, and his WAR was 3.0.

The Baseball Savant metrics didn’t love DeSclafani. They liked his walk percentage (80th percentile, his fastball velocity (63rd percentile), and his xwOBA and xERA (both 58th percentile). Other than that, most stats were in the 40th-50th percentile range. That’s pretty typical for a ground ball pitcher, since they don’t really get swings and misses. He also benefitted from a .257 batting average on balls in play (BABIP).

DeSclafani throws four pitches. He’s got a fastball in the mid 90’s, a slider and changeup in the high 80’s, and a big curveball in the low 80’s. He mixes his pitches well and gets about 44% of his outs on the ground. He’s good at getting medium contact (about 53% of the time) and getting hitters to pull the ball (about 40% of the time).

DeSclafani doesn’t have any options, but there’s a chance the Giants will extend a qualifying offer to him. He’s a guy who can eat innings and save the bullpen, and basically the whole Giants rotation will be free agents this winter, with the exception of Logan Webb. If the Mets were to sign him, he would be another middle-of-the-rotation. I think he would be a good fit for Citi Field, given his ground ball tendencies.

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