Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Mets have released reliever Kyle Farnsworth. The news is a bit shocking considering the Mets’ bullpen woes and that he had thus far compiled good results, sitting with a 3.18 ERA over 17 innings.
As ESPN’s Adam Rubin points out, however, Farnsworth signed an advance consent agreement with the Mets that enables them to pay him for 45 days instead of the full season, and Wednesday was the deadline. The Mets have called up Josh Edgin from Triple-A Las Vegas to take the vacant spot in the bullpen.
Farnsworth doesn’t sound too happy about the situation:
Pedro Moura of The Athletic reports that Dodgers starter Alex Wood plans to pitch out of the stretch throughout the 2018 season. Wood got the idea when he watched Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg pitch against the Dodgers.
Wood, 27, finished last season 16-3 with a 2.72 ERA and a 151/38 K/BB ratio in 152 1/3 innings. That’s a mighty fine season, one in which many pitchers would not dare to mess with something that isn’t broken.
Interestingly, Wood indeed has had better results with runners on base — when he would pitch out of the stretch — as opposed to the bases being empty, with a respective OPS allowed of .523 versus .684, respectively. Over his career, he has allowed a .617 OPS with runners on and .706 with the bases empty.
In response to Moura’s tweet about Wood, retired pitchers Dan Haren and Jered Weaver took the opportunity to burn themselves. Haren tweeted, “I pitched a few seasons completely out of the stretch actually, just not by choice.” Weaver responded, “Sometimes I would just step off and throw the ball in the gap myself because I knew the hitter would do it anyways.”