Eight different relievers have thrown at least 10 IP for the Mets this year. Of those eight, only two have an ERA under 3.75 when pitching in relief. You probably guessed Seth Lugo, who has a 2.36 mark. The other is Wilmer Font, who’s given up 1 ER in 10 IP for a 0.90 mark.
His three-inning appearance Sunday is the role he should be used in going forward. As stubborn as the Mets are in their belief that they should have one reliever pitch the seventh inning, a different guy pitch the eighth and a third guy pitch the ninth – I’ll be just as stubborn as saying that the way to fix the pen is to have three guys pitch multiple innings while getting multiple days off between appearances.
Running the bullpen the way they have has resulted in a 5.32 ERA in 228.1 IP. It’s time to try a different approach.