Lugo struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Saturday to record his third save of the season in a 4-1 win over the Royals.
After coughing up six runs over 2.1 innings in his prior two appearances, Lugo bounced back in strong fashion. All three of his saves have come since July 26, but Edwin Diaz also has three saves in that time despite his own struggles, and the Mets' closing picture remains somewhat fuzzy.
Lugo (3-5) was the pitcher of record in Wednesday's 6-4 loss to the Braves after retiring only one of the seven batters he faced and allowing five runs on five hits and a walk.
Just as he had started to gain a foothold as a potential top closing candidate for the Mets, Lugo imploded in what was by far his worst outing of the season. It's worth noting that Lugo entered the game in the seventh, with manager Mickey Callaway relaying afterward that he had planned on using the right-hander for two innings before turning to a matchups-based combination of Edwin Diaz and Justin Wilson in the ninth inning, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Lugo's usage Wednesday coupled with Callaway's comments offer further evidence that the Mets' closing situation is truly in flux, though Diaz and Lugo still look like the better speculative options for saves than Wilson.
Lugo will remain in a high-leverage rather than a strict ninth-inning role, but Mets manager Mickey Callaway suggested Sunday that the right-hander would see regular save chances going forward, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports.
Callaway has been reluctant to brand anyone but Edwin Diaz as the team's closer, but after Diaz got bypassed for a save chance Saturday in favor of Lugo working a second inning, the writing was on the wall. He's certainly earned the opportunity to close -- since the beginning of July, Lugo has posted a stunning 0.51 ERA, 0.28 WHIP and 22:1 K:BB through 17.2 innings while compiling two wins, two saves and seven holds in 15 appearances.
Lugo struck out two in two perfect innings to record his second save in a 5-4 win over the Marlins during the second game of Monday's doubleheader.
Lugo was phenomenal in protecting a two-run lead. He hasn't allowed a run or hit in his last 10 innings of work, and the 29-year-old has a 2.59 ERA and 72 strikeouts through 44 games. Edwin Diaz's struggles could be opening the door for Lugo to close on a more regular basis, but it's worth noting that Diaz was likely unavailable for Monday's nightcap after striking out two in a clean inning of his own in the matinee.
Lugo struck out one in a perfect ninth inning Friday to record his first save of the season in a win over the Pirates.
Mets manager Mickey Callaway was reluctant to use Edwin Diaz (toe) after the closer was struck by a comebacker Thursday, and Lugo has no issues getting the job done in his place. Should Diaz be dealt at the trade deadline, Lugo could well be the next man up in the ninth for the club given Jeurys Familia's season-long struggles.
Lugo (4-2) picked up the win in Tuesday's victory over the Yankees, walking one batter in a scoreless eighth inning.
The Mets were down 2-1 when Lugo entered the game but rallied for three runs in the bottom of the eighth, putting him in the win column. It was an encouraging outing after the right-hander had been tagged for at least two runs in each of his last three appearances. Lugo now sports a 3.51 ERA and 53:13 K:BB through 41 innings on the season and has also collected 11 holds.
Lugo (3-2) allowed two runs on four hits in 1.2 innings, striking out three and walking none to to take the loss against the Braves.
Called on to protect a 4-3 lead, Lugo threw a scoreless seventh inning before running into trouble in the eighth. After retiring Josh Donaldson to open the frame, the right-hander allowed homers on consecutive pitches to Nick Markakis and Austin Riley to give up the lead. Lugo has now given up seven earned runs in his last three appearances, raising his ERA to 3.60 and his WHIP to 1.20 through 40 innings this season.
Lugo (3-0) struck out one in a perfect eighth inning Thursday to record the win over the Giants.
The right-hander has tossed three straight scoreless outings since coming off the IL at the end of May. Lugo remains a key part of the Mets' bullpen, posting a 2.76 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 36:7 K:BB through 29.1 innings with seven holds in 22 appearances.
Lugo (shoulder) was activated from the 10-day injured list Friday.
After receiving additional treatment and undergoing one final evaluation, the Mets have given Lugo the green light to come off the injured list. He missed just one day over the minimum while dealing with tendinitis in his right shoulder.
Lugo (shoulder) hopes to be activated from the 10-day injured list Friday, though he still has to undergo more treatment and be re-evaluated to ensure he's healthy, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Lugo was sent to the injured list May 20 due to tendinitis in his right shoulder, but he's closing in on a return to action. Assuming his evaluation goes well Friday, he should be activated from the shelf in time for the Mets' series opener with Arizona.
Lugo (shoulder) completed a 26-pitch bullpen session Wednesday and may be activated off the injured list Thursday or Friday, Justin Toscano of The Bergen Record reports.
Lugo was originally expected to require two bullpens plus a live batting practice session before returning, but apparently Wednesday's bullpen went well enough to shorten his return timeline. The 29-year-old landed on the 10-day IL with right shoulder tendinitis May 20, so Thursday would be the first day he is eligible to return.
Lugo (shoulder) threw off flat ground Monday and is scheduled for a bullpen session Wednesday, Matt Ehalt of Yahoo Sports reports.
Lugo landed on the 10-day injured list May 20 due to right shoulder tendinitis, but he appears to be progressing nicely in his recovery. He'll likely toss a bullpen session or two before being cleared to pitch to live hitters.
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.
Lugo picked up his first hold of the season in Thursday's win over the Nationals, striking out the side in a perfect seventh inning.
The right-hander carved through the bottom part of the Nats' order, firing 11 of his 15 pitches for strikes and topping out at 96 mph with his fastball. Lugo set career highs with 11 holds and a 9.2 K/9 in 2018 while bouncing between roles on the pitching staff, but if he gets a chance to settle into a seventh-inning setup assignment in front of Jeurys Familia and new Mets closer Edwin Diaz, he should be able to top those numbers and provide solid fantasy value.
Lugo struck out three over two perfect innings of relief in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Astros.
The right-hander now sports a 1.04 ERA and electric 11:1 K:BB through 8.2 innings this spring. Lugo may enter the regular season in a middle-relief role, but his ability to work multiple innings and pile up strikeouts still gives him fantasy value even if he doesn't have a clear path to saves or starts.
Lugo will not be competing to start the season in the rotation, Tim Healey of Newsday reports.
There will be no competition for the fifth starter spot, manager Mickey Callaway said Wednesday, with Jason Vargas locked into the role. This contradicts reports from earlier in the offseason which suggested that Lugo had a shot at the job. Of course, the Mets' starters don't have the greatest injury records, so Lugo could well be called upon for a handful of starts at some point in the season in the event of injury or if Vargas continues to struggle like he did last season.
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