NY Mets Old Timer's Day Candidate: Jerry Blevins
Acquired shortly before the start of the 2015 season, Jerry Blevins made as good a first impression as possible on Mets fans. He didn't allow a single hit or walk in his first seven appearances. Unfortunately, those would be the only appearances for him on the season after a line drive off the bat of Dee Gordon on April 19 ended up hitting him in his pitching arm, resulting in a fractured forearm. While there was optimism Blevins would return later in the season, that went out the window when he reinjured the forearm slipping off a curb in August.
However, Blevins returned to dominating out of the bullpen in 2016, playing a key part in the team advancing to the Wild Card game. Blevins, alongside Addison Reed and Jeurys Familia, formed a three-headed monster in the Mets bullpen that season. In 73 games, Blevins posted a 2.79 ERA and earned two saves.
He maintained his dominance the following season, posting a 2.94 ERA over 75 appearances. While all those appearances seemed to catch up to him during a rough 2018 season, there's no denying how big Blevins was during most of his time with the team.
Despite having initially been acquired to serve the role of a lefty specialist, Blevins showed the ability to get both lefties and righties out. He even held righties to a .182 batting average in 2016. Hopefully Mets fans will get to say "Hello Jerry" once more to Blevins when Old Timers' Day comes around on Aug. 27.