According to RotoWorld Baseball the Mets have shown interest in star closer Liam Hendrick. The Australian native has been one of the most dominant relievers in the majors, coming to his own since moving to the pen.
Over the last two seasons, Hendricks has pitched to a 1.79 ERA over 110.1 innings. Over that span the righty has struck out 161 batters, good for 13.1 strikeouts per nine. His whiff % is third among relievers since 2019 at 35.4%. Only behind Josh Hader and current Mets closer Edwin Diaz.
The strikeouts aren’t the only stunning numbers. Hendricks allowed just 2 walks per nine and doesn’t allow many bombs. His WHIP is a dominant 0.89 in that span. Dominant numbers across the board for Hendricks.
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If the Mets add Hendricks, their plan looks like they want to have a dominant back end pen. A pen that can shut you out from the 6th inning on. With Diaz, May, Hendricks and hopefully Lugo, you have a deep and dominant pen. With Hendricks, the need for a lefty isn’t as strong because all those guys can get lefties out in a dominant way.
With that type of pen, you might be able to go with some lesser arms in your rotation. Pitchers who are effecitive for the first 5/6 innings. The Mets can look more heavily in the second tier guys instead of the big guns.
Its obvious that the Mets are still looking at different ways to build their winner. Liam Hendricks would make the pen lethal and would provide some arms to have a bounce back season without the big pressure on them.
If the Mets do get Hendricks, I do not see Bauer coming, as I see the Mets taking a lesser arm in front of the four headed monster.
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