Seth Lugo
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New York Mets relief pitcher Seth Lugo lets it be known that he wants to be back with the team when next season rolls around.

There’s no sugar coating it, the New York Mets bullpen has been highly disappointing this season. It’s one of the main reasons why this team didn’t make the playoffs even with a talented lineup and starting rotation.

However, there’s at least some good in the bad. Right-hander Seth Lugo is a rare bright spot in this bullpen and is one of the team’s most reliable relievers. And, after the Mets’ victory on Friday night over the Atlanta Braves, the veteran provided fans with good news. Lugo ultimately told reporters he wants to be back in Queens for the 2020 season.

“To be back in this locker room,” Lugo said when asked what an ideal season would look like next year. “I do want to start, but, pitching relief’s fun. Getting saves, finishing the game, that’s a lot of fun too. That’s kind of the way I’ve approached it the last couple of years. That starting is my number one goal, but pitching relief’s fun too. As long as I’m on the team, that makes me happy.”

Lugo is 7-4 on the season with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.900 WHIP through 61 appearances (80.0 innings pitched). He’s struck out 104 batters and has walked only 16. Lugo racked up six saves this year for New York.

The Mets head into the final day of the regular season on Sunday with a record of 85-76. Despite not making this year’s postseason, this ballclub should have a lot to look forward to when 2020 rolls around.

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Ryan Honey is a staff writer and host of the Wide Right Podcast.