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Tuesday, March 03, 2020

Helping Paul Sewald Help the New York Mets

One area of potential weakness for the 2020 New York Mets is their bullpen. Even the seemingly strong backend of Seth Lugo, Dellin Betances, and Edwin Díaz leave more questions than answers. Lugo has been the most stable, but he may be competing for the fifth spot in the rotation. The Mets took a chance on Betances, who pitched in one game last season before going down again with a “freak injury” — what he’ll be capable of in 2020 is anyone’s guess. Díaz, whom the Mets traded for back in December 2018, and who was once one of the most dominant closers in baseball, ended up becoming a major liability for the bullpen.

The supporting cast of Brad Brach, Robert Gsellman, and Justin Wilson present some uncertainty as well. Brach pitched well after being released by the Chicago Cubs, but projects for less than a win. Gsellman is an average reliever, and Wilson is an injury concern after missing 10 weeks in 2019 with elbow soreness.

And if things do go south for the bullpen, the Mets’ reinforcements are limited. Among them is 29-year-old righty Paul Sewald, who might be an option in 2020, but there are some adjustments he’ll have to make before he can be a meaningful contributor. As it stands, Sewald may not even make the 2020 Opening day Roster. Sewald possesses good command of his three-pitch arsenal, which consists of an average four-seamer and changeup, with an above-average slider. Sewald mainly goes to the fastball and slider, with some changeup cameos from time to time:

Let’s examine Sewald’s arsenal and how it performed in 2019. Despite the fact that he threw just 19.2 innings last year, we can still glean some useful information; his inclinations didn’t vary much from his previous two seasons with the Mets.

This headline isn’t cursing him, is it?


QLE Posted: March 03, 2020 at 01:49 AM | 6 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Russlan thinks deGrom is da bomb Posted: March 03, 2020 at 11:12 PM (#5927883)
I really am a but unimpressed that the Mets did not do more with flipping some of their redundant assets to bolster their team. I like Dominic Smith but where is he going to play? How many corner guys can they keep on the team?
   2. Howie Menckel Posted: March 03, 2020 at 11:54 PM (#5927890)
Sewald is any team's terrible, fungible bullpen guy who mostly should mop up - but if your bullpen sucks, it can hurt you to use him.

but I never noticed until he won a game in relief in late September that in 3 seasons he had an 0-14 MLB record until then.

he has a 77 ERA+ in 141 MLB IP of relief and he turns 30 in May.

how is he still on their 40-man roster?
   3. manchestermets Posted: March 04, 2020 at 05:05 AM (#5927899)
I really am a but unimpressed that the Mets did not do more with flipping some of their redundant assets to bolster their team. I like Dominic Smith but where is he going to play? How many corner guys can they keep on the team?

Brodie seems to love having a very deep bench. Which, with the Mets' medical history seems like it might not be a bad idea. They're certainly in a position not to have to give too many ABs to people who can't hit at all.

I've also seen suggestions that the depth might be in anticipation of the DH coming to the NL.
   4. PreservedFish Posted: March 04, 2020 at 08:39 AM (#5927908)
I also don't get it. But I consider that the Rays and Dodgers, two of the smartest teams, also seem obsessed with depth. And I also remember that last year, despite starting spring training with 3 natural above-average 2Bs in McNeil, Cano and Lowrie, the Mets still ended up giving about 50 games to Joe Panik and Adeiny Hechavarria. So what do I know.
   5. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: March 04, 2020 at 10:31 AM (#5927945)
Was going to say the same thing - "redundant assets" : depth :: Dana : Zuul.
   6. JJ1986 Posted: March 04, 2020 at 10:35 AM (#5927948)
Depth is nice, but it would be nicer to have a center fielder.

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