New York Mets left-hander Jerry Blevins came into Wednesday night’s game in the seventh inning with the go-ahead run at first base the dangerous Anthony Rizzo at the plate (already two homers in the series). Blevins struck out the dangerous Rizzo to end the inning.
Blevins would then come back out to the pitch the eighth inning as well striking out two in the scoreless frame.
He is tied for the major league lead with 35 appearances and hasn’t allowed a run in 32 of them. With another stranded runner, Blevins is second in the majors with 23 for the season after leading the league in 2016 with 47.
Blevins is having the best season of his career with current best in WHIP (0.97), 13.9 K/9, 5.3 H/9 and 2.32 FIP. He has struck 38.7% of the batters he’s faced this year, good for eighth best in the majors.
The biggest reason for Blevins success this year is his devastating curveball. He throws it more than anyone else in baseball (44.9% of the time) and is holding opponents to a .097/.127/.097 slash line with it.
With the loss of Jeurys Familia, Blevins has become the Mets set-up man and hasn’t missed a beat.