WASHINGTON — Jerry Blevins allowed a three-run home run by Matt Wieters in the Mets’ 6-0 loss to the Nationals on Saturday, continuing his unimpressive season.
Blevins, the lefty specialist who pitched to 2.79 and 2.94 ERAs the previous two seasons, saw his 2018 ERA balloon to 4.61 as he was charged with three runs in one inning.
With the Mets trying to reconstitute their bullpen for next season, Blevins’ future with the team is in doubt. He is making $7 million this season and will be a free agent when it is over.
Blevins entered to start the sixth with the Mets trailing 2-0. He got Bryce Harper to fly out to the warning track before giving up a double by Anthony Rendon. Juan Soto grounded out and Mickey Callaway intentionally walked Ryan Zimmerman to get to the switch-hitting Wieters, who had eight hits in 43 at-bats (.186) against lefties.
Wieters’ ninth hit against a lefty was a three-run bomb to left that made it 5-0.
Blevins did get the two lefties he faced in Harper and Soto. Lefthanded batters are hitting .271 against him this season, which is not what you want from a lefty specialist.
Still, Callaway said he’d like to have at least one in the bullpen next season.
“I think they’re a necessity,” he said. “I think there’s going to be times, especially once you get to the postseason, that you’re going to need to get a lefty out, and you’re going to need the best possible guy to do that.”
Rookie second baseman Jeff McNeil got what Callaway called “a much-needed” day off.
“He’s getting a little tired,” Callaway said of the 26-year-old, who is batting .328.
Jack Reinheimer started at second and went 0-for-3.