Since his call up from Triple-A Las Vegas on April 25th, Mets reliever Hansel Robles has proven to be deserving of a spot in a major league bullpen. For the most part he has come in in low-leverage situations and has excelled.
He is striking out 10.57 batters-per-nine, and issuing 2.35 walks-per-nine. Robles throws gas, averaging 95.3 miles per hour with the fastball, paired with a mid-80s slider.
But Robles, who thus far has proven to be a better pitcher than either Carlos Torres or Buddy Carlyle, has not been used by Mets manager Terry Collins since Monday. If nothing else, he has proven to be deserving of some more challenging assignments.
Of the eight games in which Robles has appeared, six of them are qualified as low-leverage outings, meaning the pressure on Robles to perform was low in the context of the game. Especially with a young reliever, after thy prove to be effective in low-leverage spots, the time to challenge them with higher leverage assignments comes.
Now with Carlos Torres getting Fernando Nieve-like work out of the bullpen, Robles’ time to step up into a bigger role – if only temporary – has come. Collins, who is not a great bullpen manager, would be wise to start to shift innings he would normally give Torres to Robles.