February 28, 2021

Seth Lugo is hell-bent on cracking the Mets’ starting rotation (New York Post)


To Seth Lugo, the notion the Mets have six starting pitchers for five rotation spots is incorrect. Lugo says it’s actually at least seven starters for five spots.

The right-handed reliever admits he was “disappointed” following the recent additions of Rick Porcello and Michael Wacha, after believing a rotation spot would potentially be his to lose in spring training, but he told The Post on Thursday he’s still approaching the situation as if he’s a starter.

“I am going to come in and show them that I somehow prepared over the offseason for what my goals for spring were and hopefully I can stretch out a little bit, but I understand what is going on,” Lugo said. “I am going to keep working at what I want and that is the way I am going to approach it.”

Lugo, 30, was the Mets’ most dependable reliever last season, finishing 7-4 with a 2.70 ERA in 61 appearances. He concluded the season in a shared closer’s role, after disappointing Edwin Diaz was demoted from the job and Jeurys Familia also struggled.

Porcello and Wacha, who signed as free agents, join returning starters Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Marcus Stroman and Steven Matz, giving the Mets…

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