After getting shellacked for six runs on six hits in 2/3 of an inning last Friday, reliever Addison Reed met with pitching coach Dan Warthen to determine what was wrong with his mechanics, and then fix it. Warthen seemed to know exactly what the problem was, and evidently, they’ve fixed it.
“He was leaking out towards first base,” Warthen said, speaking to Kristie Ackert of the NY Daily News. “He fixed it this morning. Not an issue.”
Reed was then asked about the possibility of filling in as closer due to a suspension of Jeurys Familia, responding, “The inning doesn’t matter to me. I think pretty much all of us out there can do the job if needed.”
Reed continued to laud the rest of his bullpen-dwelling brethren, adding, ”When they signed Jerry [Blevins] and [Fernando] Salas right before camp, I was really excited, because we had a really good group last year and I think we can compete with anyone. I like what we have going and glad we’re getting another chance.”
Reed has thrived in the set-up role with the Mets, however he has plenty of closing experience. From 2012-2014 with the White Sox and Diamondbacks, Reed saved 101 games. He has pitched better than he ever has since donning a Mets uniform, making it a solid investment to wager he will perform well as the closer in Familia’s absence.
In 80 appearances for the Mets in 2016, the 28 year-old went 4-2 with a 1.97 ERA, 1.97 FIP, and 0.940 WHIP, striking out 91 batters in 77.2 innings. So far this spring he is 1-0 with a 16.20 ERA. In five games he has pitched five innings, striking out three batters.