Mets rookie RHP Paul Sewald continued his stellar pitching Thursday night, throwing three scoreless innings.
Sewald, who turns 27 today, entered in the top of the fourth inning after starting pitcher Rafael Montero was pulled from the game. Sewald allowed just one hit and one walk, while racking up four strikeouts in three innings.
"Rafael hasn't had a lot of starts with us, so we knew his [innings] would be a little bit lower than our normal starters. He gave us three innings which is good,'' Sewald said after the game.
"You know when those bullpen days are there you just go for it," he continued. "Everybody's got to be all hands on deck, and you're ready to go whenever they call your name."
Through 17 1/3 innings in his rookie season, Sewald has a 2.08 ERA. In his last 10 appearances, he has a 1.06 ERA and has struck out 19 batters in 13 innings.
For now, Sewald is very much establishing himself as the definitive bridge to Blevins and Addison Reed. I like that he doesn't mess around on the mound. He pitches inside to everyone, regardless of status. His slider is sharp and accurate so, in addition to striking guys out, he's equally able to pitch to contact in situations that call for a quick out.
In a perfect world -- one where Jeurys Familia and Seth Lugo are healthy, and the team has an additional veteran to complement Blevins and Reed -- it feels like Sewald and Josh Edgin can be a nice lefty-right combo to mix and match during the middle innings.
The parts and pieces for a really good bullpen are alive and on the roster, they're just not healthy, available and rested right now. And so, while it clicks in place some night, for the most part, it's like they're all just blindly throwing darts out there and hoping something sticks...