The Mets have added lefty reliever Sean Gilmartin to their playoff roster, as they prepare for their upcoming NLCS best-of-seven series with the Chicago Cubs. Gilmartin replaces right-handed reliever Erik Goeddel, who was disappointing in his only playoff appearance.
Goeddel faced four batters in the Mets' 13-7 Game 3 win over the Dodgers in the NLDS and did not record an out. He came in with the Mets up nine runs in the ninth inning, but allowed the four hits, including a three-run home run to Howie Kendrick. The lackluster performance forced Terry Collilns to go to his closer, Jeurys Familia, in a game in which the Mets had led comfortably for most of the night.
Sean Gilmartin was impressive in his first season as a major league player. A Rule 5 pick last winter, Gilmartin went 3-2 with a 2.67 ERA, 54 strikeouts, and 18 walks in 50 appearances for the Mets in 2015. It is not entirely clear what Gilmartin's role will be out of the bullpen. He has performed better against right-handed hitters this year, holding them to a .216 batting average while allowing a .260 average to lefties. But the Cubs have hit considerably worse against left-handed pitching than right-handed pitching this year.
The Mets and Cubs face off in Game 1 of the NLCS tonight at Citi Field, with first pitch scheduled for 8:07 PM.