The New York Mets have recalled Paul Sewald and optioned Corey Oswalt to Triple-A prior to tonight’s series finale against the Atlanta Braves. Sewald will be the third pitcher to occupy the final bullpen spot in the team’s bullpen this year, following Tim Peterson and Oswalt.
Sewald has pitched in parts of the past two seasons for the Mets and has a 5.25 ERA, a 3.96 FIP, and a 1.35 WHIP in 121.2 innings out of the pen. Last year was especially rough for Sewald, as he finished with a 6.07 ERA and a 4.23 FIP in 46 appearances while shuttling back and forth between Las Vegas and New York. He’s made four appearances so far in Syracuse and has pitched 5.1 scoreless innings while allowing seven hits and striking out two.
Oswalt was called up with the likely intention of piggy backing off Jason Vargas starts. With Vargas only able to make it through one-third of an inning yesterday, Oswalt was called on to keep the game close and give the Mets some length out of the bullpen. He failed to do either, as he allowed five earned runs on six hits and four walks over 3.2 innings.
Oswalt needed 90 pitches to get through his outing, which made the decision to demote him that much easier. The Mets will need some fresh arms in the pen with no days off until Thursday, and Sewald, if nothing else, gives them that. The seventh spot in the bullpen will likely continue to be a revolving door as the club looks to for a reliever who can succeed in that role.