July 24, 2021

Let’s find the Mets a relief pitcher, Part 1 (Amazin’ Avenue)

It’s not so crazy to say that if the New York Mets had a better bullpen in 2019, they would have been a postseason team, and potentially a World Series contender. Late-game meltdowns became a commonplace occurrence last season and led to a number of the team’s most demoralizing defeats, especially in the first half of the year. While things improved slightly in the second half, the bullpen overall remained their weakest link.

The good news is that no problem is unsolvable, and the offseason presents the perfect opportunity to fix the beleaguered bullpen. The Mets had a similar problem heading into last year’s offseason and worked aggressively to fix a bullpen that posted a 4.96 ERA, a 4.61 FIP, and a 1.41 WHIP in 2018. Unfortunately, a big trade for closer Edwin Diaz was largely a bust in 2019, and the three-year deal they dished out to Jeurys Familia looked worse and worse with every disappointing appearance he made. The only best move they made was inking left-hander Justin Wilson to a two-year deal, as he proved to be one of the team’s most effective relievers in 2019 with a 2.54 ERA, a 3.91 FIP, a 1.33 WHIP, and a 1.7 bWAR in limited action after missing some…

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