Mets RHP Seth Lugo struck out eight batters in six scoreless innings in Sunday's 2-0 win against the Yankees.
Lugo (2-1) retired the last 13 batters he faced, giving up two hits and extending his scoreless innings streak to 13 innings.
Manager Mickey Callaway said Lugo, who made 18 starts a season ago but started just for the second time in 23 appearances this season, is "making a case" to enter in the rotation.
"He's really good," Callaway told reporters. "Yeah, it makes you second-guess. ... He's making a case for himself and we have a tough decision to make, and that's always a good thing."
Since May 1, Lugo has a 0.86 ERA in two starts and 12 relief appearances. Across 31 1/3 innings, he has totaled 34 strikeouts and given up just 17 hits and two walks.
The 28-year-old Lugo threw 59 of 84 pitches for strikes. Initially, Callaway planned on Lugo throwing around 75 pitches. With Lugo at 73 pitches through five innings and due up in the bottom half, he let Lugo hit and sent him out for the sixth inning, ending his night with a Giancarlo Stanton strikeout.
Lugo, who threw three scoreless innings of relief on Tuesday, threw four shutout innings against the Chicago Cubs in his last start on May 31.
After giving up a two-out single to Miguel Andujar in the second inning, Lugo didn't allow another baserunner.