Phil Bickford: Former Mets Relief Pitcher (2023)

Phillip Roger Bickford was born July 10th, 1995, in Newbury Park, California. The six-foot four right hander attended California State University getting drafted in the 18th round of the 2015 draft by the San Francisco Giants. 

In 2016 he & Andrew Susac were traded to the Milwaukee Brewers for Will Smith. Bickford made his MLB debut on September 1st giving up four runs in a 12-1 loss to the Tigers.

 In 2021 after one game with the Brewers, he was placed on waivers & was selected by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

2021 Post Season: Bickford did not pitch in the NLWC. In the NLDS he made three appearances pitching 2.1 scoreless innings in the win over the Giants. In the NLCS he made three more appearances, allowing no runs on three hits, striking out four in 3.2 innings of work in the loss to the Braves.

In 2022 he was 2-1 with a 4.72 in 60 appearances for the Dodgers. He struck out 67 batters in 61
innings of work. He did not pitch in the NLDS loss to the Padres.

Bickford started the season with the Dodgers, appearing in 61 games going 5-5 with a 495 ERA. He wasn't in their plans for the post season & On August 1st, Bickford was traded to the New York Mets along with Adam Kolarek for cash considerations.

Mets Career: Bickford made his Mets debut on August 2nd finishing off a 4-0 loss to the Royals in Kansas City. The next day in Baltimore, he was hit for four runs on three hits in the 6th inning taking the loss to the Orioles. 

On August 9th, he earned his first Mets save, in a 4-3 win over the Cubs. On August 21st, in Atlanta Bickford collected his first Mets victory. 

On September 1st, he earned victory in a 2-1 win over Seattle pitching a scoreless 8th inning. On September 6th he took the loss at Washington & then on September 18th, he earned his third Mets win pitching a scoreless 8th innings in a 2-1 win in South Florida.

Bickford made 25 appearances for the Mets going 3-2 with a save. He allowed 14 runs on 21 hits, with 28 strike outs & 13 walks in 25.1 innings of work finishing up six games.

In November he was granted free agency.

Career Stats: In his four-year career he is 11-8 with two saves & a 4.43 ERA in 179 appearances.


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