An argument can be made that the only reason Josh Edgin made the Opening Day roster was because he was out of options. With the potential of losing him, as well as the Mets wanting to carry a second LOOGY in the pen, Edgin was going to get his shot.
Edgin got his shot despite his never fully regaining his velocity from what it was pre-Tommy John. He got his shot despite his struggling mightily in 2016. He got his shot because the Mets never really brought in another lefty to challenge him for the spot.
He got his shot, but to start the season it looked like a mistake. In his first five appearances, Edgin was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA. That loss was brutal too as it helped stunt whatever momentum the Mets could have built off that 16-inning win.
With these struggles, it made you wonder if Edgin would be designated for assignment when Jeurys Familia was eligible to return from suspension. His play put him on the bubble.
It was more than that big loss, though. He wasn’t getting the big left-handed batters out. Justin Bour, a career .224/.286/.293 batter off left-handed pitching, was 2-3 with a double and an RBI off him. Freddie Freeman is 5-10 off him in his career. With Bour and Freeman abusing him, it made you shudder at when he got to face Bryce Harper.
As luck would have it, Edgin has owned Harper.
In what was a lost series against the Nationals at Citi Field, Edgin did get one matchup against Harper. In that spot, he faced Harper with two on and two out, and he got a big strikeout of Harper keeping the game at a manageable three-run deficit. As good as that was, he has continued to get better and more reliable as the season has progressed.
In the Mets first win against the Nationals, Familia was struggling leading to Terry Collins rolling the dice. He brought in Edgin to get out Harper and to get the Mets out of a bases-loaded one-out jam. Surprisingly, Edgin did just that getting Harper to hit into the game ending 1-2-3 double play to earn his second career save.
Maybe it wasn’t that surprising, though. After the double play, Harper is now just 2-12 off Harper with four strikeouts.
More than that, Edgin has turned his season around. In his last seven appearances, he has pitched five scoreless innings allowing just three singles.
Despite that rough start to the season, Edgin’s numbers look prettygood. In 12 games he has one save with a 2.45 ERA and a 1.18 WHIP.
Overall, Edgin has gone from a pitcher of the verge of being released to one of the better arms in the bullpen. He now needs to be considered whenever the Mets need a big out and a left-handed batter is at the plate, and he definitively needs to be the guy when Harper steps up to the plate.