A night after the New York Mets bullpen imploded (again) in their 8-6 loss to the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, Seth Lugo was a big key out of the pen in their 6-3 win on Wednesday.
The right-hander has bounced between the bullpen and rotation as the Mets deal with injuries to starters and ineffectiveness from relievers. Lugo followed up four innings of two-run ball by Corey Oswalt on Wednesday with three innings of one-run ball.
Lugo allowed one run on three this and stuck out two. His overall ERA is now at 2.70 for the season but only 2.23 as a reliever.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway was impressed with the outing, “[Lugo] is obviously a big weapon in the pen. We were able to go to him earlier than most would like, but we felt it was necessary and he did a great job.”
As a starter in 168.1 innings, Lugo has allowed a .745 OPS while in 57.1 relief innings he’s held opponents to minuscule .547 OPS.
Callaway insisted after the game that Lugo will stay in the bullpen for now with the Mets having 11 games in the next 10 days.