3/28/17

FLASH: Paul Sewald Re-assigned, Rafael Montero Wins Bullpen Spot

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     The New York Mets announced this morning that RHP Paul Sewald has been re-assigned to minor league camp. Sewald pitched extremely well this spring in an effort to win a spot in the MLB bullpen. In 14.1 IP, Sewald posted a 2.51 ERA with a paltry .143 AVG against and a 7.5 K/ rate. Despite the strong performance, his inclusion would have required a spot to be opened on the 40 man roster. With David Wright already swinging again in camp, and everyone else seemingly in good health, there were no options to be placed on the 60 day DL to free up that spot.

     As a result of this move, RHP Rafael Montero seemingly will win the middle reliever job. Montero has also been pitching well this spring with a 1.96 ERA across 18.1 IP. His high strikeout totals (10.3 K/9) and ability to pitch multiple innings provides the Mets significant flexibility for the early part of the season when they are trying to keep SP inning totals down.


(This is just me reading the tea leaves......but I wonder if Montero winning this job is a pre-cursor to the Mets also bringing Zack Wheeler up north with them. The club already had a guy with the ability to provide length out of the bullpen in Seth Lugo...for them to carry another guy of that nature makes me wonder if they plan on going with a "piggyback" system between Wheeler and Lugo? Having the 2 of them combine for 7 IP and letting Montero be the official long man in the pen would effectively keep Wheeler's inning count down enough to get him to at least September without crossing that 120-125 IP limit that the team has initially set.)

7 comments:

Mack Ade said...

It seems to me that, if Montero AND Wheeler go north Matz will stay back and rehab for a week or two

eraff said...

Bullpen #'s and Length at the start of the Season may mean less Slots for the Position Players. The Pitchers may need "relief" more than the positional players. TJ/Kelly/Reyes--these guys need to take a few outfield shifts.

bill metsiac said...

Sewald pitched well but keeping him would mean dropping someone from the 40, as would keeping Kelly. Edgin has pitched well and is out of options. Too soon to give up on him, so I expect him to stay unless he pitches himself out of a job.

bill metsiac said...

How does Sewald pronounce his name? SEE-walled? So-called? Something else?

bill metsiac said...

DAMN auto correct! The second pronunciation is SOO-walled.

Mack Ade said...

Soo-Wee

bill metsiac said...

Were you a hog caller in a past life, Mack? 😀

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