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2015 Mets season review: Carlos Torres

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A mainstay of the Mets' bullpen in 2013 and 2014, Torres did not make the Mets' playoff roster in 2015.

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Coming into the 2015 season, Carlos Torres was one of the hardest-working relief pitchers in the business. With 128.2 innings of relief work, he was tied with Craig Kimbrel, Rafael Soriano, and J.J. Hoover for the 41st-most relief innings between 2013 and 2014, and he made ten starts over that span to throw a total of 183.1 innings for the Mets. And in 2014, he threw 92.0 innings in relief, the highest total in Major League Baseball, two innings ahead of Dellin Betances.

Signed to a minor league deal shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 season, Torres wasn't wasn't just a workhorse, either. He had a 2.73 ERA as a relief pitcher over those two seasons, which ranked 28th among 109 qualified pitchers. But the 2015 season didn't go as the previous two did, in terms of workload and effectiveness.

In total, Torres pitched 57.2 innings with a 4.68 ERA. Thanks to the Mets' deep starting rotation, he did not start any games during the season, a first in his time with the Mets. The peripherals actually looked okay—7.49 strikeouts, 2.81 walks, and 0.78 home runs per nine—and his 3.53 FIP was the best of his Mets career. But after stranding over 80 percent of baserunners in each of the previous two seasons, Torres stranded just 65.3 percent in 2015.

Torres pitched in one of the most  unique games of the season on August 27, a game the Mets won in extra innings against the Phillies. Torres took part in a spectacular 1-3-1 putout in the tenth inning and scored the go-ahead and eventual game-winning run after leading off the top of the thirteenth inning with an infield single.

But in early September, Torres suffered a calf injury that kept him out until he pitched on September 20. Including that outing, he threw just three innings through the rest of the regular season. Between his lack of work over the final month of the season and his struggles when he was healthy, it was understandable that the Mets did not carry him on any of their playoffs rosters.

Looking ahead, though, Torres seems like a player the Mets should keep around. He's up for arbitration this year and estimated to earn $0.8 million in 2016. Even for the Mets, that's a bargain for a pitcher who is at least capable of pitching out of a big league bullpen and could be a solid middle- and long-relief option as the Mets look to contend again next season.