Wilson retired both batters he faced Tuesday en route to earning his ninth hold of the season in the Mets' 5-2 win over the Rays. Wilson was summoned from the bullpen after starter Seth Lugo departed in the seventh inning with one out and runners on first and second. After a successful double steal by the Rays put two runners in scoring position, Wilson induced a groundball to record the second out of the inning. He then allowed the Rays to cut their deficit to one run on a wild pitch, but he buckled down and struck out Hunter Renfroe to end the threat. Wilson now has nine holds on the season to go with a 3.86 ERA and 1.39 WHIP over 22 appearances.
Wilson (1-1) was credited with the win in Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Marlins, giving up one hit over 1.1 scoreless innings of relief. He struck out two. The southpaw was the first pitcher out of the bullpen after Corey Oswalt gave the Mets a solid effort in his emergency start. Wilson's 4.70 ERA and 1.70 WHIP aren't pretty, but his 10:4 K:BB through 7.2 innings suggests he's been a little unlucky. He's also held the opposition off the scoreboard in seven of his nine appearances, collecting five holds along the way. Expect Wilson to continue seeing high-leverage work.
Wilson gave up one hit and struck out one in one-third of an inning Saturday to record his second hold of the season in an extra-inning loss to Atlanta. He was able to face fewer than three batters per MLB's new bullpen usage rules, as his punchout of Ronald Acuna with runners on the corners ended the eighth inning. Wilson is the only southpaw in the Mets' bullpen at the moment, and his ability to handle high-leverage spots should allow him to be a consistent source of holds in the shortened 2020 season.
Wilson has yet to allow a baserunner through two spring innings, striking out four of the six batters he's faced, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. The southpaw was effective last season in between IL stints, and a healthy Wilson has come out blazing in camp. He's set to be the top left-hander in the Mets' bullpen this season, but the new three-batter minimum rule likely won't impact him much -- over his career, the 32-year-old has held right-handed hitters to a lower wOBA (.282) than lefties (.295), with comparable strikeout (26.9% vs. LH, 25.8% vs. RH) and walk (10.5% vs. LH, 10.9% vs. RH) rates.
Manager Mickey Callaway said Wilson likely won't pitch again this season, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports. The Mets are eliminated from playoff contention and don't want to overwork Wilson, who dealt with an elbow injury earlier in summer. The lefty compiled a 2.54 ERA, 1.33 WHIP and 44:19 K:BB across 39 innings this season.
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