The New York Mets took two of three games against the San Diego Padres. Without a doubt, an important breather for the team to win the series against one of the favorites this year to win the world series.
The Mets have had ups and downs so far this season, especially suffering bad performances from the offense and its rotation. However, there are three aspects that the team must end up promoting.
Mets reliever David Robertson proved to be the team's best option in high-leverage situations
The Mets entered the season with the loss of their closer, Edwin Diaz. This injury complicated the bullpen forecast for the season, but it was assumed, since the beginning that David Robertson would be the leading candidate.
The Mets' new closer has been incredible early in the season, pitching 6.1 innings and racking up eight strikeouts with no runs or walks allowed. He carries a record two saves and has allowed just three hits in that many innings.
Robertson has been efficient and dominant on the mound. His strikeout percentage is in the top 7% in the league at 38.1% and his hard-hit allowed is in the top 9% at 23.1%, the lowest of his career.
The opposition hits him below .200, with the cutter being his most effective pitch, where he limits the opposition to an SLG of just .167. This efficiency and results make him one of the best relievers right now in MLB.
A relevant aspect of Robertson's work is that he can not only be used in the ninth inning. In the last game against the Padres, Buck Showalter decided to bring Robertson against Juan Soto in the seventh inning with runners on the corners and the Mets up for two runs, which went perfectly due to David Robertson's effectiveness against lefties.
As awkward and difficult as it may seem the situation with Edwin Diaz, allows Buck Showalter to experiment with the bullpen. After this showing, David Robertson should always be used as the option in high-leverage situations, regardless of the ninth inning.