Seth Lugo was the back up plan going into 2017. Then everything fell apart quickly and the Mets needed Lugo. Except he also went down. 2017 was a mess. Let’s take a look at what the computers saw going into the season:
7-5, 19 G, 18 GS, 4.71 ERA, 101.1 IP, 25 BB, 85 K, 1.372 WHIP
The optimism around him and his curveball was shot down by the computer programs going into 2017. And it turns out the projections were more correct than fans. He did worse than the projections but not by much, especially in WHIP. Baseball Prospectus, ZiPS and Steamer all did a good job figuring out his numbers. Also the average of the projections nailed down his innings of work well, which was much higher than anticipated going into the 2017 season.