After four MLB seasons with the Mets as a bullpen arm in New York from 2017-20, second-year Seattle Mariners RHP Paul Sewald got to face his former team Friday when he took the mound for 1.1 IP of relief.
Following LHP Marco Gonzales‘ 6.2-IP start, Sewald entered a 1-1 game in the bottom of the seventh inning at Citi Field. The Mets were putting together a two-out rally, with runners in scoring position — on second and third — thanks to C Tomas Nido‘s walk and CF Brandon Nimmo‘s double.
Sewald shut the door, though, winning a seven-pitch battle with RF Starling Marte that ended in a strikeout swinging on a full-count slider. Adding a 1-2-3 eighth against the heart of the Mets’ order, Sewald ended the evening with 25 pitches (15 strikes) and two strikeouts, also getting the win.
As a member of the Mariners since 2020, Sewald is 12-4 with a 3.11 ERA and 12 saves in 75.1 IP over 72 games. With the Mets, Sewald posted a 1-14 mark and 5.50 ERA, including a 1.364 WHIP and 4.04 FIP in 147.1 IP over 125 games.
“It was 18 months coming,” Sewald said. “They got rid of me, and I was hoping that I could get up here and pitch against them. It’s pretty nice to do it really well and help our team get the win for it.”