ANAHEIM, Calif. — Aaron Loup never wanted to leave the Mets after his historic season last year, but when it came time to negotiate, he had difficulty getting answers from the club. At the time the Mets were conducting a general manager search that ultimately concluded when they hired Billy Eppler. “It took a little bit to get them on the phone, I had to stall [the Angels] for as long as I could,” Loup said Friday at Angel Stadium. “Eventually everything I asked for they kept giving to us so I couldn’t wait around any longer.” The lefty reliever received a two-year...
Outside of a handful of frustrating injury woes and setbacks, fans of the New York Mets have little to complain about as of the second afternoon in June. The red-hot Mets recently went a perfect 6-0 against National League East opponents to improve to 35-17 overall, and New York will head into Thursday's series-opener at the Los Angeles Dodgers holding a 10.5-game lead over the second-place Atlanta Braves in the division standings.
The New York Mets had a fantastic offseason, adding the likes of Max Scherzer, Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha in free agency, while trading for Chris Bassitt. But the one player they let walk, who seemed like a must re-sign at the time, was lefty relief pitcher Aaron Loup, who posted a historic 0.95 ERA a season ago in Queens. However, Loup bolted for the Los Angeles Angels, landing a two-year, $17 million deal, which includes a $7.5 million option in 2024 or a $2.5 million buyout.
Loup (0-2) took the loss against Tampa Bay on Wednesday, allowing two runs (one earned) on two hits over one inning. He struck out two. The Angels battled back to tie the game in the eighth inning, and they turned to Loup when the contest went into extra frames. The southpaw immediately served up a double to Vidal Brujan that brought home the designated runner, and Brujan came around to score two batters later on a single by Harold Ramirez. This was a rare poor performance by Loup, who has posted a 1.93 ERA, 0.57 WHIP and 15:2 K:BB while notching six holds over 14 innings on the season.
The Mets’ most productive relief pitcher from 2021, Aaron Loup, left via free agency this past offseason, leaving big shoes to fill in the team’s bullpen. Not only was New York losing one of its best relievers, but it was losing a great lefty on their pitching staff as well.
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Loup earned a hold against Cleveland on Thursday, pitching a perfect inning during which he struck out two batters. The left-hander came on in the seventh inning and struck out the first two batters he faced before getting Franmil Reyes to fly out to center field. This was Loup's eighth outing in nine appearances without allowing an earned run, and he has yielded only one hit all season. Loup has a 0.93 ERA, 0.31 WHIP and 9:2 K:BB across 9.2 innings on the campaign.
Who knew Aaron Loup was going to be as great for the New York Mets as he was last year? Fess up. You didn’t predict a 0.95 ERA. This year, Loup will look to repeat his tremendous 2021 season with the Los Angeles Angels. The Mets will have to hope the under-the-radar signing of Chasen Shreve pays off in its own way.
The New York Mets have lost several pitchers this offseason. My first two articles focused on starting pitchers Noah Syndergaard and Marcus Stroman. For this article, I will turn my focus to Aaron Loup, who pitched 56 ⅔ innings in 2021. Overall, the Mets bullpen had a solid, but...
Thus far, the 2021 - 2022 MLB offseason has been a historic one, not just for the New York Mets, but for the entirety of Major League Baseball as for the first time since 1994, the league has entered into a lockout, freezing any and all potential free agent signings or trades since December 2nd, 2021.
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Aaron Loup is a fan of a rule that some left-handed pitchers detest. When Major League Baseball instituted the three-batter rule before the 2019 season, some left-handed specialists feared that it would eliminate their jobs. If a manager couldn’t use a lefty to come in and face one or two left-handed hitters, those lefties wouldn’t get roster spots.