The New York Mets once again exhibited the art of deflection when they called up Seth Lugo from Triple-A Vegas.
This is called deflection.
The decision to send down Gilmartin, 26, seems rational, considering that he has allowed seven runs on eight hits in his last two appearances (three innings), per Mets Blog. In addition, he has a 7.00 ERA and 1.56 WHIP this season.
However, Lugo, 26, has been equally substandard with Las Vegas. While these stats are surely over-inflated, Lugo’s 6.55 ERA in 19 appearances doesn’t suggest major league quality.
And since Lugo isn’t the answer to the team’s problems or even an upgrade to Gilmartin, it would be naive not to think that the organization is making this change to distract its fans from the real issue at hand: the hitting.
While this move works in politics because the masses aren’t adequately educated on the ins-and-outs of policy and the likes, it won’t work in baseball, because even the most basic of fans comprehends that Lugo is no upgrade and that even if he is, it doesn’t help a team starving for some production at the plate.
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But here’s the question on many fans minds: why would the team usher in the Lugo era rather than giving Josh Edgin a shot to pitch again in the big leagues?
The lefty specialist has surrendered four runs in 21 appearances for Triple-A Vegas, and was expected to return to Flushing in early May for the first time since undergoing Tommy John Surgery.
However, Edgin has been subjugated to the minor leagues, despite the big league club’s ‘pen deteriorating and Jerry Blevins’ move from lefty specialist to seventh inning guy.
These decisions are baffling. The Mets are baffling.