Lugo was placed on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder tendinitis Monday. Lugo had been pitching quite well, logging nine consecutive scoreless innings before allowing a solo homer Sunday against the Marlins. It's unclear how much time he's expected to miss. Hector Santiago's contract was selected in a corresponding move.
Lugo (2-0) picked up the win in Tuesday's 7-6 victory over the Padres, allowing one hit and one walk over two scoreless innings while striking out two. The right-hander has given the Mets bullpen some much-needed stability in the late innings, holding the opposition off the board in nine of his last 10 appearances while producing a 1.10 ERA, 0.67 WHIP and 19:3 K:BB over 16.1 innings. Lugo's been rewarded with two wins and three holds over that stretch, and he should continue to provide strong fantasy value in a setup role.
Lugo struck out all three batters he faced in a scoreless eighth inning to record his fifth hold of the season in Sunday's win over the Brewers. The right-hander has taken over from the struggling Jeurys Familia as New York's top setup man, and Lugo has posted a 1.80 ERA, 0.60 WHIP and dazzling 13:1 K:BB over his last 10 innings. He hit triple-digit strikeouts last year while shifting through a variety of roles, and manager Mickey Callaway's willingness to use him for multiple innings -- Lugo's recorded more than three outs in half of his 12 appearances -- should allow him to pile up the K's once again while easily topping the career-high 11 holds he managed in 2018.
Lugo walked one and struck out two over two scoreless innings of relief to record his third hold of the season in Monday's win over the Phillies. After a couple of rough outings at the beginning of April when he was battling an illness, Lugo has regained his footing, posting a 1.29 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 8:1 K:BB over his last seven innings. The Mets are committed to using closer Edwin Diaz only in ninth-inning save situations, which leaves more work available for multi-inning setup arms like Lugo, increasing the right-hander's fantasy appeal and strikeout upside.
Lugo allowed two runs on two hits while recording just one out in Thursday's loss to the Nationals. Lugo has now allowed nine runs (five earned) on eight hits and three walks through four appearances (3.2 innings) to open the season. According to Matt Ehalt of The Bergen Record, the right-hander has been battling an illness recently, which along with his usage -- he's thrown 105 pitches over the last week -- is believed to be part of the reason for his early-season struggles. Lugo was stellar for the Mets last season (2.66 ERA and 103:28 K:BB in 101.1 innings) and figures to occupy a key bullpen role again, so long as he can smooth out the kinks.