Addison Reed Is Dominant Again
Prior to joining the Mets, Addison Reed had a career 4.20 ERA and a 1.327 WHIP. During his time with the Diamondbacks, he was sent back down to the minors because he was struggling. Despite all of this, a Mets team that was on the verge of making the postseason for the first time in 15 years took a flyer on the former White Sox closer.
The minute Reed put on a Mets jersey he became a completely different pitcher.
In his time with the Mets, Reed has made 97 appearances pitching 93.0 innings. In that time, Reed has gone 5-3 with two saves with a 1.84 ERA, 0.957 WHIP, and a 10.5 K/9. His ERA is the best of any reliever with at least 90.0 innings pitched. He also has the second best WHIP and the third most strikeouts over that stretch. With him and Jeurys Familia, the Mets had the best 8-9 combination in all of baseball.
Then Reed became the closer for the Mets. He became the closer because of Familia’s suspension and ensuing surgery. He struggled.
In his first 18 appearances in his role as the Mets designated closer, Reed was 0-2 converting seven of nine save attempts. During this time, Reed had a 3.72 ERA, 1.138 WHIP, and a 10.2 K/9. Overall, Reed looked more like the pitcher who was an average to struggling reliever with the White Sox and Diamondbacks than the dominant reliever he has been with the Mets. About the only thing that resembled the Reed we have come to know with the Mets was his excellent 22:3 strikeout to walk ratio.
If you have taken notice recently, Reed is looking more and more like the pitcher we have come to know him to be with the Mets. In the month of June, Reed has made four appearances pitching 5.2 scoreless innings with a 0.706 WHIP converting all four of his save opportunities.
With his stretch, Reed’s stats are looking more familiar. Overall, he is 0-2 with a 2.70 ERA, 11 saves, 1.050 WHIP, and a 10.0 K/9. He is once again a pitcher the Mets can rely upon to dominate out of the bullpen. The team needs it too with the relievers who are struggling.
The Mets are at a cross-roads right now, and they need everyone to be at their best. Fortunately, Reed is, and he once again gives the Mets the best chance to win each and every time he takes the mound.