Jerry Blevins RP NYM 3 weeks ago
Blevins agreed to a contract with the Mets on Friday, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports.
The 33-year-old will return to the Mets, with whom he's spent the past two season, and presumably slot right back in as the team's top lefty out of the bullpen. Blevins totaled 42 innings across 73 appearances last season, posting 11.1 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 rates. He has held same-handed hitters to a .214/.266/.322 line in his 10-year major league career.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 4 weeks ago
The Mets are willing to backload a two-year deal for Blevins, as the team is desperate for a reliable lefty reliever out of the pen, the NY Post reports.
New York's financial flexibility this year has been reduced by their inability to deal Jay Bruce and his $13- million contract. In order to try and sign Blevins - who wants a contract similar to the three-years, $19 million Mike Dunn got from Miami - the Mets can pay more of the deal in year two of a contract when several salaries come off the books. Blevins went 4-2 with a 2.79 ERA in 73 appearances last season for the Mets and ironically was better against righties than lefties, but New York wants him for divisional matchups against Bryce Harper, Daniel Murphy and Freddie Freeman to name a few. With J.P. Howell signing a one-year deal with Toronto, a potential landing spot is off the deal for Blevins, possibly making him more amenable to a two-year contract.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 3 months ago
Blevins is being targeted by the the Blue Jays, a team in desperate need for a left-handed specialist, Ben Nicolson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.
Behind Aroldis Chapman and Brett Cecil, the long-time Jays' reliever who recently signed a deal with the Cardinals, Blevins is one of the top left-handed relievers available in a limited market. The 33-year-old missed nearly all of 2015 with a fractured forearm, but returned this past season with the Mets and posted some of the strongest numbers of his career. Over 73 appearances (42.0 IP), Blevins posted a 2.79 ERA with a career-best 11.1 K/9.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 7 months ago
Blevins did what he does best, retire a lefty in a key spot, in the Mets' 2-1 win over the Cubs on Tuesday.
Blevins relieved Noah Syndergaard in the sixth with one on and two outs and retired Miguel Montero to end the frame. Lefties are now 13-for-65 with two doubles and a home run against Blevins. He will continue to be used in key spots against lefties by manager Terry Collins.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 8 months ago
Blevins has pitched 4.1 shutout innings across six games in the month of June.
Since giving up his third run of the season on April 29, Blevins has pitched 11 scoreless innings and brought his ERA down to 1.53. He's continued to serve as the Mets' lefty specialist, but has proven he's capable of retiring righties as well, as they're just 3-for-19 against Blevins.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 9 months ago1 Comment
Blevins, who is the Mets' main lefty specialist, has been solid once again against lefties, though not as good as he has been in the past.
Lefties are 5-for-26 with eight strikeouts against Blevins while righties are 1-for-8 with three strikeouts but with two walks. While it's early, the .192 BAA for lefties is slightly higher than Blevins allowed in 2014, his last full season. Blevins will continue to see most of his action against lefties from innings six through eight.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 10 months ago
Blevins has appeared in five of the Mets first 10 games but faced just 12 batters.
Blevins had faced eight lefties and four righties, allowing just two total hits and a run. Most of his action will come against lefties, who went 0-for-14 at the plate last year and just 17-for-110 in 2014.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 11 months ago
Blevins, who has struggled this spring, started the seventh inning and retired the only hitter he faced, Matt Adams.
Blevins relieved Noah Syndergaard and was used like he likely will be during the year; facing a lefty. He struck out Adams, which was a positive sign for him and the Mets.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 11 months ago
Blevins allowed the first two batters he faced Sunday to reach then surrendered a three-run home run to Chris Young.
Blevins is working his way back from missing most of the season with a fractured left forearm so it may take him a bit of time to fully settle in. He walked Xander Bogaerts (righty), then allowed a single by Travis Shaw (lefty) before giving up the long ball. Blevins will be counted on to retire lefties in the middle innings, so as now, despite the rough outing Sunday and so-so spring, his role is secure.
Jerry Blevins RP NYM 1 year ago
Blevins, who missed most of last season with a fractured left forearm, has thrown from a mound seven times and believes he is fully healthy, the NY Post reports.
The initial injury occurred when he was hit line drive last April and it reoccurred when he slipped on a curb in August. Prior to getting injured, Blevins was dominant and he will be a key member in the Mets' bullpen this season.