Mets' Joey Lucchesi feeling confident after stellar Wednesday outing: 'I believe in myself and have faith'

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Lucchesi on St Pattys Day on mound
Lucchesi on St Pattys Day on mound

Joey Lucchesi is fighting for the fifth and final spot in the Mets’ rotation. And this is still without Noah Syndergaard, who is set to come back sometime in the summer.

But after Wednesday’s outing, he’s feeling pretty confident.

And rightfully so – he tossed three scoreless, hitless innings while striking out four and walking two.

“We’ve got a lot of good pitchers in the clubhouse. I’m just out here doing my thing. I believe in myself and have faith. Just doing what I can and let my work take care of itself," he said.

Lucchesi said he feels some extra motivation after being traded to New York in the offseason from San Diego.

"I just got traded to a new organization. I just want to show them that I belong here, and every time I step on that rubber I want to prove my worth," said Lucchesi.

In his first two seasons, the lefty made 56 starts and put up a 4.14 ERA. Last year, he allowed five runs in 5.2 innings pitched.

But in 2018, his 10.04 K/9 was good for 18th in all of baseball (min. 130 innings). So far, he has not allowed a hit in spring and has seven strikeouts in five innings.

His spot on the roster is to be determined, but he’s certainly playing himself into at least a healthy discussion to get plenty of important innings.