Mets manager Terry Collins said this past weekend that he is not sure RHP Logan Verrett will remain in the starting rotation.
In his six starts since joining the rotation full time in mid-July, Verrett is 1-5 with a 5.61 ERA, while giving up 32 hits and walking 15 batters in 33 innings.
In his start on Saturday, Verrett gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings.
"We're going to take a look and see basically who is best-suited to get them out," Collins said of that spot in the rotation, which is due up next weekend at home against the Padres. "We've got to put a streak together, it's become a big homestand."
I would like to see Triple-A RHP Gabriel Ynoa get a look before moving Jon Niese in to a spot start. For starters, whomever gets the call, it's going to be temporary. The Mets have two of the next three Mondays off, plus Zack Wheeler is expected to return in Sept.
In that case, I'd rather Niese keep helping from the bullpen, where he's going to continue to be needed. Plus, as Collins pointed out, there is a level of unknown that can work in a team's favor when bringing a kid up from the minors, especially this time of year...
"I think any time's right if the guy's good enough," Collins explained. "We've seen what the dynamics are when you call some young guys up, starting with Matt Harvey to Wheeler to Jacob deGrom. They come up and make a difference. A lot of times as we've seen when we face guys for the first time, they can dominate you. So we haven't made any decisions yet."
Ynoa allowed four runs and six hits in four innings during his last start for Triple-A Las Vegas, but he only threw 54 pitches, so he'd be more than fresh this weekend.
Ynoa has a real nice change-up and outstanding control. Frankly, it might be too good, which is something that also plagued Rafael Montero during his time in the big leagues.
Sure, it's great to throw strike after strike in the minor leagues, where guys are less disciplined. But, in the big leagues, facing the best hitters in the world, it's not good enough to consistently throw low-90s fastballs down the plate. Pitchers have to miss on occasion, even if on purpose, and I don't know if Ynoa is making that adjustment yet...
Nevertheless, he has a super smooth delivery, which he repeats very well. His arm slot is the same every time he throws. And, he appears to be very poised and mature on the mound, very calm, and very aware of his surroundings.
It may be that a promotion could benefit him, since it could be what is needed to teach him how to be a strategic big-league pitcher, which is what he'll have to be to succeed. If he "gets it," he could be really good pitcher down the road. If he doesn't, he could be Montero all over again...