LAKELAND, Fla. — Addison Reed got lit up Friday, allowing six earned runs on six hits in 0.2 of an inning. So very early Sunday morning, the setup man, who will likely be closing if Jeurys Familia is suspended for his role in a domestic violence case, was out with pitching coach Dan Warthen in the bullpen working on a “delivery flaw.”
“He was leaking out towards first base,” Warthen said, motioning that the reliever was letting his body lean towards first as he followed through. “He fixed it this morning. Not an issue.”
Reed said it was a pretty simple fix and he’ll be ready to step into the closer role if needed.
“The inning doesn’t matter to me,” Reed said. “I think pretty much all of us out there can do the job if needed.”
While most relievers will say the inning doesn’t matter to them, Reed seemingly is willing to put his money where his mouth is. The 28-year-old, who has 106 career saves in six seasons with the White Sox, Diamondbacks and Mets, is in his final season before free agency.
He said he is not necessarily going to go out and look for a closer’s contract next winter.
“It really doesn’t matter to me,” Reed told the News. “As long as it’s a good deal and a good fit. I am not really thinking about it yet, but I am happy here and happy with my role here.”
Reed said he is thrilled that the Mets brought back basically the same bullpen as last season.
“When they signed Jerry (Blevins) and (Fernando) Salas right before camp, I was really excited, because we had a really good group last year and I think we can compete with anyone,” Reed said. “I like what we have going and glad we’re getting another chance.”
CONFORTO COOLING OFF
Michael Conforto opened the spring on a tear. He had five hits, including two home runs in the first four games and hit .500 through February. Sunday he went 0-for-3 and has gone 2-for- his-last-15.
Terry Collins has noticed a difference in Conforto’s approach.
“The (at-bats) I’ve seen, he’s got to begin working the middle of the field again,” the Mets manager said. “That’s when he is the most dangerous, when he goes the opposite way.
“We’ll continue to play him,” Collins said before adding he knows the 23-year-old is tired from having been put on all the long bus trips this week.
“We’ve played a lot of games in a short period of time,” Collins said. “Guys are a little worn out.”
Center fielder Juan Lagares, who was scheduled to make the two-hour bus trip to Lakeland Sunday, was left behind because he had a stiff back. Collins said it was nothing serious. Lagares said he is “fine.”
Shortstop Matt Reynolds is the latest victim of the flu that is going through the Mets’ clubhouse.
The Mets have teamed up with Marvel Entertainment to make a Noah Syndergaard Thor bobblehead. It will be given to the first 15,000 fans at the July 22 game against the A’s. … As the DH in the Mets’ 4-3 loss to the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium, Kevin Plawecki singled in his first game back after suffering a contusion on his left knee in the Mets second game of spring training. Collins said that the catcher’s knee got a little stiff so he took him out of the game.
Published at Sun, 12 Mar 2017 21:17:15 +0000