Logan Verrett has thrown six scoreless innings in each of his two spot starts filling in for Jacob deGrom.
Verrett allowed no runs and six hits, striking out four batters and walking just one in an 11-1 win over the Phillies on Tuesday.
"He stepped up and gave us exactly what we needed," Terry Collins said after Tuesday's win. "It means a lot to the whole club. We know there's going to be a day where someone shows up sick who's supposed to pitch, and hopefully this guy's rested enough. If you need somebody, he can step in and do the job."
In six starts for the Mets since last summer, Verrett has a 2.34 ERA.
"I'm used to it by now, just role with the punches, go with the flow, whatever they need," Verrett said about about making impromptu starts on short notice. "I'm just happy to help the team win some ballgames. Whatever the role is, starting, spot starting, relieving, it doesn't matter, as long as we're winning ballgames, I'm happy to help."
DeGrom will return to the rotation on Sunday in Atlanta, Collins told reporters before Tuesday's game.
Verrett been everything a GM must dream about when it comes to a spot starter. He isn't complicating matters when on the mound. He keeps it simple, pitches to contact, trusts his defense, mixes up his pitches, doesn't walk a lot of guys, throws strikes and stays ahead in the count. That's it. It's textbook pitching, not rocket science. He's not trying to strike out the world; he's not trying to elevate to an elite pitcher and keep pace with the rest of his rotation. Instead, he stays within himself and does his job well. Frankly, he's been doing this for a year, be it when coming in from the bullpen or making a spot start.
That said, with deGrom coming back, it's time for him to shift back to the bullpen, where I hope Collins decides to lean on Verrett for high-leverage innings as opposed to just long relief.