Former Mets pitcher Aaron Loup’s struggles have coincided with the L.A. Angels’ woes the past few weeks.
Mets fans will always be grateful for Aaron Loup’s historic season with the Mets last year, one of the greatest ever for a reliever who didn’t close games. He allowed just six earned runs in 56.2 innings pitched and bailed Mets relievers and manager Luis Rojas out many times over.
But given the fluctuations in relievers’ performance from year to year, it was hard to expect a repeat of those levels this season. The Angels took a gamble and rewarded him for his dominance last year, as he signed a two-year, $17 million deal in November.
He got off to a strong start, allowing just one earned run in April, but he has endured a terrible stretch of outings since May 21, right before the Angels’ 14-game losing streak began. In nine outings, he has pitched 5.0 combined innings and has given up 11 runs (eight earned) and blew two saves.
But the most discouraging outing came on June 5 in Philadelphia, as he loaded the bases before being taken out in favor of closer Raisel Iglesias, who gave up the viral game-tying grand slam to Bryce Harper, a game the Angels eventually lost and contributed to Joe Maddon’s dismissal as Angels skipper.
Loup is now 0-2 with a 4.57 ERA, and all of his key metrics from last year, walks, hits, and home runs given up per nine innings, have all increased since going to Anaheim.