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Mets Should Keep Drew Gagnon In The Bullpen

Last night, Drew Gagnon absolutely bailed out the Mets. He took the ball in a bases loaded situation, and he got out of the jam. He then navigated through the 10th allowing Pete Alonso to deliver his first career walk-off RBI.

This was not the first time Gagnon impressed out of the bullpen. Back when Steven Matz couldn’t get an out against the Phillies, it was Gagnon who took it on the chin. Despite being on short rest, he pitched 5.1 innings. Yes, he would allow five earned, but three of those came after he was gassed and frankly pushed too far.

That’s been what we have seen from Gagnon in the Majors. In short spurts, he has been fine. When he has been pushed past two innings, he has not been nearly as effective. We saw that in his only start in the Majors, and we saw it in Philadelphia. But in those shorter stints, Gagnon has really showed something.

Last year, he made four relief appearances. In those relief appearances, he allowed one earned in 7.1 innings. His ERA this year may be 6.75, but he has pitched better than that. While it’s always a dangerous game to do this in evaluation, if you eliminate that one-third of an inning, his ERA would drop to a more impressive 2.70.

This is another way of saying Gagnon may prove to be something if he is used properly. As a long man or a short reliever, he could be effective. Since coming to the Mets organization, he throws strikes. He has struck out nearly a batter an inning. With the sinking action on his pitches, he has relatively low home run rates. Overall, while an opponent can beat him, Gagnon is typically not going to beat himself.

That hasn’t been the case for the Mets other options. We have seen Jacob Rhame, Tim Peterson, and Paul Sewald struggle at the Major League level. Tyler Bashlor and Eric Hanhold have yet to establish themselves. Considering the options at hand, the Mets would have to come up with a long list of excuses before sending him back down for one of these relievers.

After all, we have seen this happen in year’s past for the Mets. Pat Mahomes came up huge in 1999. The same happened with Sean Gilmartin in 2015. If given an opportunity, Gagnon may prove to be the 2019 version of that. It’s time the Mets found out if he has what it takes to be just that.

3 thoughts on “Mets Should Keep Drew Gagnon In The Bullpen”

  1. LongTimeFan1 says:

    I tend to agree keep him here in the pen although I think he should also be spot starter when needed. Therefore it’s important he stay stretched out however Mets accomplish that without over-exposure.

    BTW, about his earned runs, it’s unfortunate a bona fide fielding error was reversed to hit. It cost him two unearned runs.

    Hopefully he remains effective even as teams make adjustments. That’s an unknown we need to wait and see. But I like the mental makeup and pace. He pitches quickly, fearlessly and with smarts.

    Familia and Justin Wilson are now both on IL. Rourke called up probably taking DArnaud’s 40-man vacancy although there’s a number of players who can also be moved to the 60.

    1. metsdaddy says:

      I think O’Rourke getting called up makes Avilan’s spot tenuous

  2. OldBackstop says:

    Agreed. He was filthy.

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