The New York Mets lost the first game of their four game set against the Chicago Cubs, 5-1. The game started with Seth Lugo tossing four spectacular innings in his first start of the season. Manager Mickey Callaway pulled Lugo after 60 pitches because he has been in the bullpen. Hansel Robles replaced Lugo and returned to form by allowing a two run homer.
Lackluster Bullpen Performance
The move is definitely questionable considering the circumstances at hand. The bullpen has been extremely inconsistent and a fatigued Seth Lugo is more trustworthy than Hansel Robles. Lugo’s ability to keep the ball down and sharpness of his curveball would determine how fatigued he was. Like he has been all season, Lugo was sharp and cruised through a dangerous Cub lineup without facing any trouble. With Lugo probably getting one more start before Noah Syndergaard returns, the Mets certainly could have afforded to let him stretch himself out more.
If the Mets bullpen was more reliable they could afford to pull Lugo after 60 pitches, but right now there is no one outside of Robert Gsellman and Jeurys Familia that is trustworthy. The Mets are also not in a position to give away games as well. They needed to ride with their hot hand because they simply have no idea what they will receive from their starters. Jacob deGrom is the only reliable starter that is healthy and in the rotation.
Lugo definitely deserves another start and Callaway will likely up his pitch count if he has to remain in the rotation. He is a very effective pitcher, no matter when he pitches, and he is one of the few Mets pitchers who has been consistent this season. With Jason Vargas constantly treading on thin ice, it may not be long until Lugo becomes a permanent starter.