However, Swarzak made two appearances and ended up missing well over a month on the disabled list and struggled for the entirety of the first half to figure things out.
Before the All-Star Game, the 32-year old made 17 appearances (15 2/3 innings) in which he had an atrocious 7.47 ERA, 1.98 WHIP while allowing five homers and walking ten batters in the process.
Since the regular season resumed, though, the right-hander has looked much more like the one from last season that had a 2.33 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 91 strikeouts in 70 appearances (77 1/3 innings pitched).
In four appearances since, Swarzak has allowed only one run and three hits in 4 1/3 innings while striking out seven batters in the process.
Since the team traded Familia to Oakland, Swarzak has largely been serving as the team’s closer as well, notching two saves since the deal, after his clean inning of work against the Pittsburgh Pirates today to secure the 1-0 victory for the Mets and lower his ERA 6.30 on the year which is obviously still an eye-sore.
Whether this is just a nice stretch for the right-hander or what we should expect from him next season remains to be seen, but with the way he has been pitching lately, the Mets really are hoping for the former.
While he can’t be expected to even be the team’s closer in 2019, his ability to keep this up will be important for this team so that they don’t have to go looking for another reliever on the open market this offseason.