Mets reliever Addison Reed will do whatever is asked of him by Terry Collins, including filling in at closer if Jeurys Familia is suspended for an incident of domestic violence from last year.
"I take the same mindset out there no matter what inning, I'm throwing,'' Reed told reporters at Tradition Field on Thursday. "The only thing different about the ninth inning is that it is one inning later than the eighth."
I don't see any reason to treat it differently," Reed continued. "If you are throwing the first inning you don't want any runs to score. If you are throwing the ninth inning, you don't want any runs to score."
In 80 appearances for the Mets in 2016, Reed had a 1.97 ERA and one save, while striking out 91 batters and walking just 13 in 77.2 innings pitched.
"The way relievers were used this last postseason was smart,'' Reed said, speaking specifically about Andrew Miller's success with the Indians. "It was fun to watch. If a guy throws eight pitches and gets three quick outs, why bring another guy in there? It's going to be interesting to see how managers and teams go about it this year. I think you will see more of that this year.''
Nov 1, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Addison Reed throws a pitch against the Kansas City Royals in the 12th inning in game five of the World Series at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
Reed, 28, recorded 101 saves for the White Sox and Diamondbacks during 2012 to 2014, though he had a 4.22 ERA in the process. However, since joining the Mets, he's worked with pitching coach Dan Warthen to adjust his delivery, which has given him better command of his fastball...
In 97 relief appearances since joining the Mets in late 2015, Reed is 5-3 with a 1.84 ERA (2.10 FIP), 108 strike outs and 47 walks in 93 innings.
"I feel comfortable here, and ever since I've come over here everything's kind of clicked," he stated. "Citi Field has been awesome, you can feel the confidence the fans give you."
"There's not a better team out there than the team we have right here," he continued. "If we stay healthy, we will go far. If we would have had everyone out there last year, we would have been winning the World Series, I feel confident about that. We have what it takes to win.''
Reed will reportedly earn $7.75 million this coming season, after which he will be a free agent.