Mets LHP Jerry Blevins is comfortable with manager Mickey Callaway's plan to use relieving pitchers in different situations -- even if he will sometimes be called upon to close games.
"The inning doesn't really matter, it's always the situation,'' Blevins said, according to Newsday. "I feel like a lot of times that I've come in since I've been a Met, the game's on the line anyway. You've got bases loaded with one out and you've got Daniel Murphy up. To me, that's the game there anyway, so whether it's in the ninth inning or the sixth inning I think the leverage situation is always the same. If you want to give me some save [opportunities] I'm OK with that, too. I just want to do my job whenever they want me to do it."
Blevins, who appeared in a career-high 75 games in 2017, does not see himself as a closer -- he has five career saves, including one last season -- yet he's still ready to play that role whenever necessary.
"Nobody's ever going to mistake me, no matter how many saves I accumulate, as a typical closer. Andrew Miller, he was the guy - is he a closer, is he a setup guy? He's so versatile. But nobody's going to mistake me for Aroldis Chapman.''
The 34-year-old Blevins could enter the season as the team's only left-handed reliever, setting up a pivotal role for him out of the bullpen. But he also isn't afraid to face right-handed hitters.
"There's a reason why I'm successful against lefties,'' he said. "It's because that's what my job has been. Left-on-left is a real thing. It's a different approach. But also, if you want me to get righties out, give me some time in the offseason to prepare for that. And I'll focus on that. Career-wise, they've asked me in those big moments, when it really counts, is to get lefthanded hitters out, so my whole focus has always been getting the big lefty out in their lineup. If you want my job to change, let me know. I'll adjust my focus.''
Through 11 seasons, all as a reliever, Blevins has posted a career 3.38 ERA in 500 games between the Athletics, Nationals, and Mets.