Lucchesi went to Driveline during the offseason in an effort to smooth his delivery and better his mechanics, Tim Healey of Newsday reports. Lucchesi said the focus of his sessions at Driveline included work on his lead, his front side and shoulder mobility. He's coming off a disappointing 2020 season, when he threw only 5.2 innings and was regularly placed at the alternate site. Though he's not a lock for the rotation, Lucchesi should have a chance for an increased role with the Mets this season and will look to regain his 2019 form, when he posted a 4.18 ERA and 1.22 WHIP across 163.2 frames.
Lucchesi was traded from the Padres to the Mets on Monday as part of a three-team deal headlined by Joe Musgrove moving from Pittsburgh to San Diego, Kevin Acee of The San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Lucchesi was an unexciting but productive starter for the Padres in his first two big-league seasons, posting a 4.14 ERA that he backed up with a 24.6 percent strikeout rate and 8.0 percent walk rate. He suddenly fell out of favor last season, spending most of the season at the team's alternate training site while allowing five runs in just 5.2 innings of work. If he can get back to his previous form, he'll be a useful option to round out the back of the Mets' rotation, but it's hard to be too confident in him after his poor 2020 campaign.
Lucchesi was optioned off the Padres' roster Tuesday. After being a rotation fixture for the last two seasons, Lucchesi has spent almost the entirety of the 2020 campaign off the big-league roster. He's made just two starts and one relief appearance, allowing five runs on 13 hits in 5.2 innings. Matt Strahm returned from a knee injury in a corresponding move.
Lucchesi was recalled from San Diego's alternate training site Monday. Lucchesi will once again rejoin the big-league club, offering depth out of the bullpen. He's started two games this season, allowing five runs on 11 hits and two walks while striking out five over 5.1 innings. With Chris Paddack listed as day-to-day with an ankle injury, Lucchesi could be an option to make a spot start Wednesday against the Dodgers if Paddack can't go.
The Padres optioned Lucchesi to their alternate training site Monday. Lucchesi rejoined the big club for the first time since early August on Sunday, serving as the 29th man for the Friars' doubleheader with the Giants. After having games postponed the previous two days, the San Diego bullpen was well rested, so Lucchesi wasn't needed in relief in either contest. He'll now head back to the alternate site and continue to stay stretched out in the event the Padres' rotation depth takes a hit as the postseason nears.