It’s been a rough ride for Eric O’Flaherty in a Mets uniform

Eric O'Flaherty

Rich MacLeodWhen the Mets acquired relief pitcher Eric O’Flaherty earlier this month, the team envisioned him as their left-handed specialist out of the bullpen. While his overall numbers were subpar in Oakland, O’Flaherty had still been getting lefties out, holding them to a sub-200 batting average this season. With Jerry Blevins’ setback likely ending his season, O’Flaherty was a perfect fit for this team.

Or so it seemed.

For whatever reason, things just have not gone smoothly for O’Flaherty in his first month with this team. While I do think manager Terry Collins has put him in some difficult spots–he should never face another right-handed hitter at this point–O’Flaherty has still been underwhelming to this point.

In eight appearances since being traded, O’Flaherty owns a 12.60 ERA as he’s allowed 11 hits and seven earned runs in just five innings pitched. What’s even more alarming is how he’s fared against left-handed hitters. In his eight games with the Mets, lefties are hitting .375 against O’Flaherty with a double and three RBI.

Last night was another ineffective night for O’Flaherty, as he allowed an infield single to the switch-hitting Andres Blanco and later gave up a single to the left-handed hitting Dominic Brown, which led to the Phillies eventually making it a one-run game.

The Mets have left-handed reliever Dario Alvarez at Triple-A and, while he doesn’t have much major league experience, he’s shown the ability to get lefties out in the minors and will likely be an option for this team. In addition to Alvarez, the Mets may still be looking for bullpen help externally, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.

Between Alvarez, external options and potentially other minor leaguers, the Mets should have some players to pick from, so I’m not sure what that means for O’Flaherty. If he continues to struggle at the rate he has been since being acquired, there’s no guarantee that he’ll be on this roster for the remainder of the season.

Overall, the opposition is hitting .423/.444/.654 with a 1.098 OPS against O’Flaherty since joining the Mets.

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