Brooks Raley has bounced back into becoming a crucial arm in the Mets bullpen
While the rest of the New York Mets had a horrific June, Brooks Raley was able to regain his confidence and become one of the most trusted arms in their bullpen.
After a rough start to the season, Raley has turned it around remarkably since the Spring. Since returning from an IL stint his ERA has dropped from 4.76 to 2.35, including giving up just two runs across the entire month of June.
With no other reliable left handed pitching in the bullpen, Raley's success is crucial to the Mets playoff hopes for the rest of the season. He has already seen his role dramatically increase since April, recording 17 holds and often being called upon for the big outs against left handed batting. With 34 strikeouts so far as well, Raley's drastic improvement has been a positive development to look forward to now that the Mets are finally starting to close the gap in the Wild Card race.
Whether the Mets choose to upgrade their bullpen further at the trade deadline remains to be seen, as the team still appears to be picking a direction to go in for the future. Regardless of what they decide, the Brooks Raley trade has already paid massive dividends, and he will be a focal point in the bullpen throughout the late summer.