Mets roster hole No. 3: Lack of trustworthy seventh Inning bullpen option
The bridge to Edwin Diaz has felt elusive at times this season for the Mets. Now, Drew Smith returning to quality reliever status upon return from the injured list would change the equation, but Smith has been inconsistent this season.
The Mets seem to feel comfortable with Adam Ottavino as their eighth inning man on the depth chart, and Ottavino has had a strong season. But neither of Trevor May, Seth Lugo, or Mychal Givens have distinguished themselves from the others to be thrusted into the seventh inning situation.
Lugo is the leader for this job amid Smith’s absence, as he has pitched to a 2.13 ERA and a 2.33 FIP since the All-Star break, but he still hasn’t earned back the confidence of the fans, yet. More needs to be seen.
May had that opportunity after returning from the injured list three weeks ago, but he has remained inconsistent after three months on the shelf.
Givens has given up nine earned runs in 8.2 innings since coming over at the deadline.
Other than strikeouts per nine innings, the bullpen’s ranks within the majors are not up to par with the rest of the team, and that has to do with the lack of consistency from their bullpen.