Unfortunately, last night was another tale of Paul Sewald‘s ineffectiveness as the Mets paid the price for putting him in last night’s game.
Sewald gave up a grand-slam to Ozzie Albies with the team already trailing 3-2 in the game, followed by Nick Markakis RBI double in the seventh inning. Despite allowing the Braves to increase the lead to 8-2 under his watch, Sewald was only charged with two runs in 1 1/3 innings pitched.
However, the reason the Mets have trusted him in these spots has more to do with what he did in the month of April than anything he has done since then.
In April, he appeared in seven games (13 2/3 innings pitched) and had a 1.98 ERA and 17 strikeouts. During that month, where basically everything was going right for the Mets, his performance was indicating that he could potentially be a third multi-inning reliever for this team, with Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman being the other two.
The 28-year old followed up his glorious month of April with an abysmal May, though, as he went 0-2 on the month with a 5.29 ERA in 11 games (17 innings pitched).
Things have gotten even worse for the right-hander so far in June as he has a 10.50 ERA in four games (six innings pitched) and has allowed three home runs already.
Sewald has been particularly bad over his last seven appearances, as he has given up at least one run in every appearance but one and has allowed a total of ten runs (nine earned) in that span.
The team happens to like Sewald very much largely due to his ability to throw strikes as he has thrown 431 of his 631 pitches in the zone (68.3%) this season.
Of late, though, he has simply not been able to put the ball in good spots leading to his large increase in home runs over his four games, despite only having allowed six home runs total on the year.
So it really appears that Sewald has lost his early season effectiveness, largely because of the fact he has probably been overused. Therefore, it would probably be in the team’s best interest to either send him to Triple-A or place him on the DL with “shoulder soreness” or something of that ilk to get him some much-needed rest.
While many in April would have said that Sewald was too valuable to take out of the Mets’ bullpen, lately he just simply has not been that pitcher or anything close to it.