NY Mets reliever Brooks Raley has been one of the most reliable arms in the bullpen
David Robertson has had some recent bruises. Adam Ottavino’s early-season scabs are healing. Looking finer than ever is Brooks Raley. The team’s lone consistent lefty in the bullpen hasn’t allowed a run since April 27. Although a blown save was thrown his way in Saturday’s loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, his ERA has constantly been going down for more than a month.
Big doubts about Raley came from the first month of the season due to one beating against the Milwaukee Brewers early and another against the Washington Nationals where he actually came away as the winner. Those are his only two games with a run allowed. He has been sharp and most of the numbers prove it.
Raley does still have a 4.56 FIP compared to his much more impressive 2.75 ERA. His 3 home runs allowed are the biggest culprit here. It’s already as many as he gave up last year with the Tampa Bay Rays. It doesn’t help either that he has hit 4 batters.
Far from perfect, Raley has been a trustworthy addition to the Mets bullpen this year. Early doubts about whether or not he was the right fit for them are taking themselves behind the shed and digging a shallow grave to jump into.