When the Mets traded for Wilmer Font from the Tampa Bay Rays, the initial feedback wasn’t great, especially since the Mets had planned to start him just two or three days later. Now Font doesn’t exactly have the best track record when it comes to him starting games, but if we look into some of his numbers as a reliever since joining the Mets, my guess is you’d be shocked.
In seven relief appearances, he’s accumulated 13.0 innings while keeping opponents at a measly .156 batting average. He’s also struck out 11 while maintaining a 0.69 ERA and a 1.00 WHIP.
Another interesting thing with Font is his numbers against the opposition with two outs. In a small sample size, he’s pitched 7.1 innings with opponents only hitting .125 off of the right hander. Again, he has an impressive 2.45 ERA with a 0.95 WHIP during that small stretch.
On June 16th and June 20th, Font pitched three innings in each contest in which he only surrendered one hit and struck eight batters. He’s been displaying a higher velocity with his fastball sitting in the mid to upper 90’s and his curveball is just devastating, not only changing the eye sight of the batter but also throwing off his rhythm in the box.
This is not me petitioning to get Font into the All-Star Game but I do think it’s time we start looking at that trade as a potential win, instead of immediately deeming it atrocious before the player we acquired got into the swing of things.