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2021 New York Mets: Aaron Loup Joins Improved Bullpen

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The 2021 New York Mets have filled another hole on their roster by bringing in lefty Aaron Loup. The southpaw was given a one-year contract and the deal is pending a physical. After watching Brad Hand go to the rival Nationals, reports surfaced this afternoon that the Mets were interested in Loup.

2021 New York Mets: What Does Aaron Loup Bring?

Loup has been in the majors for nine years now, and he has solid numbers. He owns a 3.38 ERA/3.50 FIP (123 ERA+), a 1.236 WHIP, and 326 strikeouts in 351 innings (8.2 K/9). Loup spent 2020 with the Rays and had a superb season, pitching to 2.52 ERA and 0.840 WHIP with 22 strikeouts against just four walks in 25 innings. The Mets will be Loup’s fifth team.

Thanks to his low arm slot, Loup has been very effective against left-handed hitters. Lefties have hit just .232/.301/.319 against him in his career. In 2020, Loup held both righties and lefties at bay. Righties hit just .192 against him, though he did surrender three homers to them. He primarily relies on his sinker, which he throws 49.9 percent of the time and averages 92 miles per hour.

2021 New York Mets: Bullpen Keeps Trending Up

In 2020, the Mets’ bullpen was pretty underwhelming for the second year in a row. The team has done a great job addressing the issue, though, by bringing Aaron Loup and Trevor May. Loup will likely replace Justin Wilson as the team’s primary southpaw, as Wilson may depart in free agency. Regardless, this was a solid pick up for the 2021 New York Mets as they look to get back to the postseason.

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Mathias is a senior journalism major at The College of New Jersey. He has served as the Sports Editor and Opinions Editor for the school's newspaper, The Signal. He joined Overtime Heroics as a writer in June of 2019 and became an editor in December of 2020. Mathias is also a varsity swimmer and is the youngest of five kids.