If you were a young Mets fan who just started following baseball when the team hired Terry Collins, you would no doubt be under the impression that nothing in the game was more important than having two lefty relievers in the bullpen. When Tim Byrdak went down with an injury, Collins made Josh Edgin his primary lefty reliever and he was soon joined in the pen by Robert Carson.
From what little evidence we have, turning Edgin into the next Byrdak has been a failure. In his first 12 games, Edgin pitched an inning or more six times and he had a 2.25 ERA in 12 IP. Since taking over as a situational lefty, Edgin has pitched an inning or more just four times in 15 games and he has a 5.59 ERA in 9.2 IP.
If we break down Edgin’s performances in games where he has pitched at least 1.0 IP versus shorter outings, here’s what we get:
1.0 IP or more – 10 G, 13.1 IP, 2 ER, 4 BB, 17 Ks, 1 HR
Under 1.0 IP —– 17 G, 8.0 IP, 7 ER, 4 BB, 9 Ks, 2 HR
In his longer outings, Edgin has a 1.35 ERA c...