5 surprise Mets players who helped the team win during the Francisco Lindor slump

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2) Reed Garrett

Reed Garrett is perhaps the most impressive story this season for the Mets team. A pitcher who has posted an ERA of almost 6.00 and considerable inefficiency in getting outs in his career has become a stellar pitcher.

Garrett ranks in the top three in the league among relievers with the highest induced swing and miss. This has resulted in him becoming the MLB leader in terms of strikeout percentage, with an elite level of around 54%.

Garrett's ability to achieve this level shown to date is due to a change in his throwing arsenal. During his career, Garrett focused on using his four-seam fastball as his primary pitch, which the opposition hit in 2023 for an astronomical expected slugging percentage of .639.

In 2024, thanks to the help of the team's coaching staff and the team's analytics department, they identified that Garrett had to make more use of his secondary pitches. In fact, between his slider, splitter, and sweeper, which combined he uses more than 60% of the time, the swing and miss level is greater than 50% while achieving an expected batting average below .200 . If Garrett continues on his current path, he could end up as the most relevant figure in the Mets bullpen after Edwin Diaz.