Lugo allowed two runs on six hits while striking out four over four innings in a no-decision against the Phillies on Saturday. He did not issue a walk.
This was a bit of a letdown after Lugo blanked the Braves over six his last time out. Lugo totaled 101.1 innings this season while pitching with a partial UCL tear, and while the surface numbers weren't great, the peripherals suggest he was better than those numbers would indicate. Lugo should compete for a starting role in spring training.
Lugo will start Saturday's game in Philadelphia, Marc Carig of Newsday reports.
He was slated to pitch the final game of the season on Sunday, but with Jacob deGrom (illness) shut down, Lugo will move up a day. Noah Syndergaard will start Sunday and be limited to 25 pitches in what amounts to a bullpen game.
Lugo (7-5) went six scoreless innings to earn the win in the nightcap of Monday's doubleheader against the Braves, allowing two hits with no walks and seven strikeouts.
Lugo was dominant in this one, allowing just a pair of singles as he cruised to a quality start. He was on an efficient pitch count and likely could've gone deeper into the game, but manager Terry Collins elected to turn it over to the bullpen for the latter stages. Lugo was shellacked for seven runs but the Cubs earlier this month, but he has since bounced back with just one earned run with a 10:1 K:BB over his last two outings. He will make his final start of the season Sunday against the Phillies.
Lugo gave up just a single run on four hits and a walk while striking out three over five innings Tuesday against Miami. He didn't factor into the decision in what turned out to be a 10-inning loss.
After getting blown up at Wrigley his last time out, Lugo needed a positive outing. After all, he's had precious few of those this season, as he's managed just five quality starts in 16 tries. Incredibly, despite his horrendous ratios, Lugo actually has a better FIP now (4.13) than last season (4.33). We've already seen him get extremely lucky, and now we've seen him get quite unlucky, but the fact remains that what lies in the middle is a mediocre pitcher who can only be used selectively in fantasy.
Lugo was tagged for eight runs, seven earned, over just three innings in Thursday's loss to the Cubs. He allowed nine hits and posted a 4:1 K:BB in the contest.
Lugo was coming off one of his best outings of the season, but he struggled mightily Thursday, serving up the most runs he has allowed in a game this season. Despite the rough outing Lugo figures to remain in the Mets' rotation and make his next start early next week against the Marlins.
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