Sunday, October 17 2021
Brad Hand in media scrum with Mets

Brad Hand in media scrum with Mets

Brad Hand was between the Mets and Washington Nationals in the offseason – he eventually chose D.C.

On Friday, he entered Nationals Park as a member of the blue and orange – after he was DFA’d by the Toronto Blue Jays.

“It’s weird [to be in DC]. It’s been a crazy month, for sure,” the new Mets reliever said. “But I’m happy to be here, and just trying to help any way I can.”

Hand said it “came down to the wire” between the Mets and Nationals in the offseason, saying that Washington was “a better fit for me at the time.” Hand denied that the opportunity to close for the Nationals played a role in his decision,

“I didn’t really necessarily care what inning I pitched in. I’ve never been a guy where I have to pitch the ninth inning. I just wanted to pitch, and I just felt like it was a better fit for me at the time, but I’m happy to be here now.”

Hand pitched to a 3.59 ERA with the Nats, but blew five saves (he converted 21). After he was traded to Toronto, he allowed at least two runs in three of his 11 outings, and his ERA went up to 4.21.

“It hasn’t been great. I’ve had outings where I felt right and then outings where it just wasn’t clicking or stuff wasn’t right. … Health wise, everything feels good, everything feels right. I just haven’t been able to get in the groove and get things rolling, but hopefully I’ll be able to get that thing going here,” he said.

From 2016 to 2020 with the San Diego Padres and Cleveland Indians, Hand struck out 12.2 batters per nine innings, owned a WHIP of 1.07, and allowed 96 earned runs in 320.0 innings (2.70 ERA). The lefty still thinks he’s “the same guy.”

“My body feels great, everything feels good. It’s just, the results haven’t necessarily been there. I’ve been just working hard and trying to get better every day – that’s what you do as an athlete and as a competitor. Just trying to get better, and hopefully things will turn around.”

Source: Yahoo Sports

Previous

Report: Brooklyn Nets trade DeAndre Jordan, four draft picks to Pistons

Next

Philadelphia news station trolls Sixers star Ben Simmons in unflattering way

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Check Also

Pro Sports Media

Trending Now

Austin Riley crushes a solo-home run to bring Braves to tie with Dodgers, 2-2

Austin Riley crushes a solo-home run to bring Braves to tie with Dodgers, 2-2 | FOX Sports Austin Riley launched a solo-home run that just went inside of the foul pole to bring the Atlanta Braves to a tie with the Los Angeles Dodgers, 2-2. 2 HOURS AGO・MLB・0:48 top MLB videos Source: FOX Sports

Read More

Update on roster cutdown day roundup: Kris Dunn, Marquese Chriss waived

Saturday was roster cutdown day, when NBA teams had to trim their rosters to regular season numbers, 15 players max, plus two two-way players (who can bounce between the NBA roster and G-League). There were a few surprises and a few expected cuts, plus some guys on the bubble also made teams. Here is a […]

Read More

Vegas Golden Knights’ Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone suffer injuries amid team’s rocky start to season

Golden Knights coach Peter DeBoer says Pacioretty is ‘week-to-week’ while Stone is ‘day-to-day’
Read More