Originally written on MetsZilla  |  Last updated 7/31/12

The New York Mets have thrown rookie Josh Edgin right into the fire and so far fans have to be very pleased with the results.  The 25-year-old lefty hadn’t pitched above A-ball last season but started 2012 out in Double-A Binghamton before quickly advancing to Triple-A Buffalo and eventually earning his call up to the majors on July 13.  Edgin showed dominating stuff in his big league debut, striking out three in 1 1/3 innings of work, but he also gave up 2 earned runs in a game the Mets ended up losing to the Braves by a score of 7-5.  Fast forward a couple of weeks and Edgin has put up a 1.04 ERA over his last 10 outings (8 2/3 IP, 1 ER, 7 H, 3 BB, 12 K) to drop his earned run average on the year to 2.70.

Beyond sporting a ridiculous 16.2 K/9 ratio to start his major league career, the Mets rookie has already earned the trust of his manager, Terry Collins.  Last night with Bobby Parnell struggling and the team in dire need of some big outs in the 9th inning, Collins turned to Edgin to try and close the door on the Giants.  With a runner on third and one out the Mets southpaw was able to induce a grounder to first base off the bat of Nate Schierholz that Ike Davis charged but failed to come up with.  Ike would have been able to hold Eli Whiteside at third had he made the play but he couldn’t even get leather on the ball and the tying run scored on what the hometown official scorer inexplicably ruled a double (truly a ridiculous ruling).  Edgin responded by promptly striking out Brandon Belt before issuing a walk to pinch-hitter Justin Christian.  That brought Joaquin Arias to the plate and the former Met proceeded to hit a weak grounder up the middle that Daniel Murphy fielded but had trouble getting out of his glove.

Arias reached safely on the infield single, consequently loading the bases and putting Terry Collins in a situation where he had to decide whether or not to leave his young lefty in against a right-handed hitting Marco Scutaro.  With the game on the line and his back against the wall, TC elected to stick with Edgin.  After jumping ahead of Scutaro 0-2, Edgin got a little wild and allowed Marco to work the count full, setting the stage for a payoff pitch with the bases loaded and score knotted at six a piece (see image to the right).

The next pitch was a called strike three that sent the contest to extra innings and after the game the Mets rookie and his skipper had the following to say according to Adam Rubin of ESPN New York:

“I was very, very proud of him. Even when he had the bases loaded, he had to make pitches. He made them. I’m pretty impressed with what I’ve seen so far.”

Edgin chuckled when asked if the final pitch to Scutaro was a cutter. Truth be told, the movement that cut back over the outer half of the plate was unintended.

“It was supposed to be a fastball that cut on me,” he said.

Edgin showed a lot of composure being able to come back and deliver a strike in such a big moment after throwing three straight balls.  I’m excited to see him pitch the rest of the year and wonder if Collins does in fact view Edgin as more than just a lefty specialist.  With Triple-A Buffalo this season Edgin put a 5.91 ERA against righties (.256 BAA) vs. a 1.15 ERA against lefties (.220 BAA).

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