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5 Mets players from last year you already forgot about

New York Mets v Washington Nationals - Game One
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You forgot Stephen Tarpley played for the NY Mets last year

Some people really tried to justify the Stephen Tarpley move when the Mets first brought him in. The lefty who had never tossed more than 24.2 innings in a single season didn’t have much success in the big leagues. He could strike batters out at a high rate but it came with a ton of walks.

For the 2021 Mets—both the New York and Syracuse version—he couldn’t have been much worse.

In Syracuse, Tarpley was 1-2 with a 15.58 ERA in 8.2 innings of work. On April 24 against the Washington Nationals, he had an appearance that made fans forget all about him.

In relief of Marcus Stroman who had only gone four and given up 5 runs, Tarpley entered the fifth. He gave up a walk, a single, another walk, and a hit by pitch. Luis Rojas had seen enough. It was Robert Gsellman time after all. Tarpley left the game and a groundout to the next batter tacked on a second earned run to his stat sheet without retiring a single batter.

Tarpley now has the distinction of owning an infinity ERA with the Mets. Only possible when you don’t record a single out and a run scores against you, he is forever in the record books—unless they give him another chance.

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