Mets Get Their Lefty

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The Mets went into this off-season needing a left handed reliever.

You may have been told that the season was over before it started when Brad Hand signed with the Washington Nationals, but the Amazin’s got their man.

Aaron Loup.

Word is this is a one year deal.

Loup, who just turned 33 last month, has been pretty effective over his 9 year career. Simply put, he fills a need for the Mets. Lefties have a career .232/.301/.319 slash line against him.

Overall, he has career numbers of 3.38 ERA/3.50 FIP/3.58 xFIP.

Loup pitched with the Rays last season, playing in 24 games while pitching to a 2.52 ERA. He had one game last year which accounted for 3 of his 7 earned runs so he was very solid in 2020.

He does not strike out a ton of batters. But he limits walks and hard contact as evidenced by this graphic below.

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