The first place New York Mets have had debatably the best Starting pitching staff in the league and a relief squad that was solid but a little shaky at times. However the Mets have taken the steps to further boast their staff and solidify the relief bridge to Familia by adding former Arizona relief pitcher Addison Reed. With their offense looking great and now a more complete staff they are starting to look like a complete World Series contender.
Reed was acquired Sunday for a pair of minor leaguers, and looks to make a significant impact in the last couple of weeks and hopefully do some damage in October.
Reed is a 26 year old right hander that has the ability to throw with power. After struggling early this season and being sent down to the minors he rejoined Arizona and put up stellar numbers. After slightly correcting his mechanics in the minors he came back stronger and more reliable. In August he had a 1.35 ERA in 11 appearances over 13 and a third innings. Reed however is 11-15 with a 4.20 ERA during his 5 year career so it is imperative that he maintain his high level of play in the crucial final stretch of the season.
In addition to what he brings to the Mets Reed is excited to join the Mets in New York and rightfully so. He is coming from a below .500 team and joining a first place team (73-59) that has a 6.5 game lead over second place Washington and an incredible pitching staff to support him. “Obviously with [television], you know what they’re doing this year and that there’s something special going on here. I’m glad I could be a part.” Reed said after the Mets 3-1 win over the Phillies.
Reed has the ability to be a late inning reliever in close games and possibly finally be the guy to reliably keep a lead before Familia can take over. He will likely lock down the seventh inning but it wouldn't be surprising to see him the eighth as well. Mets manager Terry Collins agreed by stating " We’re hoping he’s that guy that can get us to the eighth inning. His numbers against lefties have been pretty good… The situation in the game will dictate how he’s going to fit, how we’re going to use him."
Reed will be another useful tool down the stretch and hopefully into the playoffs for Collins.