Heading into his fourth season in Queens, Jerry Blevins looks to continue his success dominating lefties out of the Mets bullpen.
Originally, Blevins was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 17th round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Blevins was never able to dawn the Cubs uniform because in 2007 he was shipped to the Oakland Athletics, along with Rob Bowen, for catcher Jason Kendall.
After a rough couple of innings in 2007, Blevins found success in Oakland and became an anchor of the A’s bullpen. In 281 career games he had a 3.30 ERA and emerged as one of the better left handed specialists in baseball. After the 2013 season he was shipped to the Washington Nationals for speedy outfielder Billy Burns.
Blevins was not able to have the same success in our nation’s capital, pitching to a 4.87 ERA in 57.1 innings. Blevins was used as a regular reliever which in part led to this rough season. He faced 123 righties and 117 lefties and they hit .298 and .160 respectably.
In March of 2015 the Mets acquired Blevins from the Nationals for Matt den Dekker in a deal the Mets have certainly won. After starting his 2015 season with five scoreless innings, Blevins had his season ended by a comebacker than struck his right arm. In 2016 and 2017 Blevins put up the two best seasons of his career, posting a 2.79 and 2.94 ERA. Oddly, in 2016 he did a better job of getting right handed batters out but in 2017 he returned to putting away lefties the same way he has done throughout his career.
Blevins has become a fan favorite in New York and has been the Mets most consistent reliever over the last two seasons. He will be a key member of the Mets success in 2018, especially in an NL East that features Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Freddie Freeman just to name a few left handed sluggers. Blevins is also a free agent after 2018 and should draw a lot of free agent attention if the Mets let him go to free agency.