Jacob Seth Lugo graduated from Parkway (LA) High School...Lettered in baseball, soccer, football (punter) and track...He was a state finalist in the high-jump (6 feet, 2 inches)...Is an avid frisbee golf player and a fan of the New Orleans Saints...Went to Centenary (LA) College when it was a Division 1 school...Earned Second Team AllSummit League Honors in 2010...Started the World Baseball Classic championship game for Puerto Rico vs. the US in 2017...His paternal grandfather was born in Puerto Rico.
Appeared in a career-high 61 games and recorded career-highs in strikeouts...Had career-highs in strikeout rate (33.1 percent) and a career-low 5.1 percent walk rate...Became the fifth Met (sixth time) to record at least 100 strikeouts in a season solely as a reliever...It was the first time since Armando Benítez struck out 106 in 2000...Benítez owns the franchise record with 128 in 1999...Earned National League Reliever of the Month honors for July... Went 1-0 with a save and a 0.00 ERA (12.2 IP, 3 BB, 16 K)...Had a 15.2-inning scoreless streak from July 2-August 5... Also hurled 14.1 consecutive scoreless frames from August 17-September 15...Allowed only two earned runs in his final 15 appearances of the season, posting a 0.82 ERA (two earned runs/22.0 innings) with two walks and 29 strikeouts...Was tied for sixth among all relievers and third in the NL with 104 punchouts...Was tied for sixth in the NL among relievers with seven wins...Ranked sixth in the NL and ninth in the majors with a 6.50 strikeout to walk ratio...According to StatCast, ranked second in the majors with an average spin rate of 3,285 rpm on his curveballs (min. 250 curveballs thrown)...Led the majors with 16 outings of 2.0 or more scoreless innings...Posted a 1.56 ERA (seven earned runs/40.1 IP) at home, second-lowest in the majors (min 35.0 innings)...Owned a 1.10 ERA (four earned runs/32.2 innings) with 42 strikeouts from April 7-June 21...His 21 holds were the most for a Mets pitcher since Addison Reed logged 40 in 2016...Retired 26-straight batters from July 21-August 10, tying him with Bobby Parnell (September 19-October 3, 2012) for the longest streak by a Mets reliever in franchise history...Held opponents hitless over 35 consecutive at-bats before Washington's Anthony Rendon homered on August 10...His 0.90 WHIP was the lowest single-season mark by a Mets pitcher (min. 50.0 innings)...It was the sixth-lowest in the NL (min. 60.0 innings)...On September 18 at Colorado, earned his seventh win of the year, tossing 2.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts...Hit an RBI single in the ninth in his only at-bat of the season.
Was 2-2 with three saves and a 2.30 ERA (20 earned runs/78.1 innings) in 49 games in relief and 1-2 with a 3.91 ERA (10 earned runs/23.0 innings) in five starts (May 31-June 25)...For the second consecutive year pitched exactly 101.1 innings... Was second on the team with 11 holds...Was fifth in the NL and 12th in the majors with 78.1 relief innings... Finished second in the NL and seventh in the majors with 27 relief outings of more than 1.0 inning...Had a 1.52 ERA (nine earned runs/53.1 innings) at home, the third-lowest in the majors (min. 50.0 innings)...Only Hyun-Jin Ryu (1.15) and Blake Snell (1.27) had lower home marks...Tossed a career-high 17.0-consecutive scoreless innings with 19 strikeouts from May 1-25...Was the longest single-season scoreless streak by a Mets reliever since Jeurys Familia's 17.0 scoreless inning streak from June 8-July 19, 2016...Also had a 13.0-inning scoreless streak from May 31-June 10...Earned his first major league save on August 12 at Miami with 1.0 scoreless inning in a 4-3 win...Also earned a save on September 9 vs. Philadelphia and September 26 vs. Atlanta...Had three professional saves prior to the 2018 season, all with St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League in 2014...According to StatCast, ranked second in the majors with an average spin rate of 3,173 rpm on his curveballs (min. 150 curveballs thrown)...Was 1-1 with three saves and a 1.64 ERA (seven earned runs/38.1 innings) vs. NL East teams...Held opponents to a .192 (15-78) batting average with RISP...Posted a 1.42 ERA (three earned runs/19.0 innings) over his final 13 contests (August 19-September 26)...Became the third pitcher in major league history with consecutive relief appearances of 2.0 innings or fewer with five or more strikeouts, September 9-13...Right-handers went 49-200 (.245) and lefties were 32-174 (.184).
Missed the first nine weeks of the season after being placed on the 10-Day Disabled List on April 2 due to right elbow inflammation...After going on a rehabilitation assignment in St. Lucie (A) on May 18, he was transferred to the 60-Day DL on May 26...Went on another rehab assignment on May 27 in Binghamton (AA) and was activated from the 60-Day Disabled List on June 11, when he made his season debut at Atlanta...Tied a franchise record by winning six consecutive road starts from August 25, 2016-June 29, 2017...Tom Seaver and Jerry Koosman each did that twice...Seaver did so from September 20, 1968-May 21, 1969 and August 9-September 27, 1969 while Koosman did it from April 11-June 4, 1968 and September 11, 1972-April 29, 1973...Pitched 5.0 or more innings in each of his first 19 starts, the second-longest streak in team history...Matt Harvey began his career with 44 straight starts of at least 5.0 or more innings...Ended the year by matching his career-high scoreless streak, tossing 8.0 scoreless innings over his last three starts from September 19-30...Went 3-1 with a 1.80 ERA (three earned runs/15.0 innings)...In his final 14 games (13 starts), opposing hitters batted .241 (13-54) off his curveball...Also on the 10-Day Disabled List from August 15-27, with a right shoulder impingement...Returned and started the second game of a doubleheader on August 27 against the Nationals...Hit his first career home run with a solo shot in his July 15 start off of Colorado's Chris Rusin in the third inning at Citi Field... Was called on to pinch-hit for the first time in his career on August 9 at Texas...Went 2-1 with a 4.20 ERA (seven earned runs/15.0 innings) in three starts for Puerto Rico during the World Baseball Classic... He started the Championship Game vs. the United States.
Was with the Mets from June 30-July 2, July 6-August 2 and August 12 through the end of the season...The Mets won each of the last seven games he started (August 25-September 28)...Went 5-0 with a 2.45 ERA (11 earned runs/40.1 innings)...In eight starts after joining the rotation, he went 5-1 with a 2.68 ERA (14 earned runs/47.0 innings)...Earned his first major league win in his second career start in the Mets' 10-6 victory against the Cardinals on August 25 at Busch Stadium...Tossed 5.0 scoreless innings and allowed two hits...Became the fourth Mets pitcher with four wins in his first five starts in the majors after his victory on September 11 at Atlanta...The other Mets pitchers with four wins in their first five major league starts were Terry Leach (4-0), Jason Jacome (4-1), and Steven Matz (4-0)...Struck out Miami's Xavier Scruggs swinging at a 1-2 curveball in the sixth inning on August 30...Statcast measured the curveball to Scruggs at 3,498 rpm (revolutions per minute), which was the highest spin on a curveball they have tracked since the system was put into place prior to the 2015 season....According to Statcast, he had 12 of the 13 highest spin curveballs during the 2016 season...Allowed two runs or less in six of his eight starts...Made nine relief appearances for the Mets when he was first called up before being moved into the rotation...Went 0-1 with a 2.65 ERA (five earned runs/17.0 innings) as a reliever...Held lefthanders to a .196 (20-102) batting average and righthanders to a .240 (29-121) mark with the Mets...With runners in scoring position, opponents hit .149 (7-47)...Was 3-4 with a 6.50 ERA (53 earned runs/73.1 innings) in 21 games (14 starts) with Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League.
Spent the majority of the year with Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League…Won a spot start for Las Vegas (AAA) of the Pacific Coast League at Salt Lake City on August 5…Allowed two earned runs and five hits in five innings…Struck out 12 batters in 6.2 innings at New Orleans on August 23…Went back to Binghamton for a start against Altoona and then rejoined Las Vegas for four more starts from August 18-September 3…Won four straight starts from July 7-July 26… In 25.0 innings, he allowed 14 hits, one earned run, (0.36 ERA) with eight walks and 26 strikeouts…Did not allow a run in two straight starts vs. New Britain on July 7 and at Portland on July 12 (11.0 innings)…Right handed batters hit .245 (58-237) against him at Binghamton.