During the 2010s the New York Mets were all over the map, as they started the decade as a cellar-dweller team who hovered around the bottom of the standings. By the middle of the decade, they became a legitimate contender, making the playoffs in back-to-back seasons. While the team has had some stars over the last decade, they've also had many players who've flown under the radar.
This is no different in the bullpen, as big names such as: Francisco Rodriguez, Jenry Mejia, Jeury Familia, Edwin Diaz, and Seth Lugo have been the ones most widely talked about, but there are several others who have flown under the radar. The following relievers played key roles in Flushing during their time as Mets.
1. New York Mets Pitcher, Addison Reed
Of all the pitchers on this list, Addison Reed is the most likely to be a household name. While Reed was not only the most dominant on this list, he also contributed for the Mets during their Playoff runs in 2015 and 2016, and also was a known commodity before arriving, which is why he is the most regarded name on the list.
However, just because Reed is more well-known than the other relievers on this list, doesn't mean that he gets the recognition he deserves. While Jeurys Familia was the team's closer at the time, and had lights out stuff, most Mets fans will tell you that even when he was at his best, most of his appearances were very worrisome. Familia has always had issues with control and walks, and even gave up a decent amount of home runs.
Meanwhile, the most trustworthy reliever for the Mets from 2015-2017 was Reed, as he spent most of his time as the set-up man, and would come into games with runners on base while getting the Mets out of some huge jams. While his stuff wasn't quite as dominant as Familia's, his control was much better and allowed him to serve as a super-reliable option for the Mets. Combine his control, with his low to mid-90's fastball, and his slider, and it's easy to see why he gave hitters so much trouble.
During his time with the Mets, Reed registered 21 saves in 142 innings, while registering a 2.03 ERA, and having 9.9 strikeouts/ nine innings pitched, according to Baseball-Reference. Had he been named to an All-Star team during his time in New York., or spent most of his time as a closer, he likely would've been held in higher public regard. Either way, die-hard fans remember just how dominant Reed truly was, and he deserves more recognition.