Drew Gagnon, who was on short rest, came in to Tuesday night's game after Steven Matz failed to get an out. Gagnon allowed five runs, but saved the Mets' bullpen by eating up 5.1 innings. His reward? A demotion to Triple-A Syracuse.
The demotion isn't an indictment on Gagnon, though. It's a move being made out of necessity in order for the Mets to add a fresh arm to the bullpen. And that fresh arm is Jacob Rhame.
Rhame, 26, has struggled so far this season for Syracuse, posting a 9.53 ERA and 1.58 WHIP while walking five and striking out seven in 5.2 innings (six appearances).
Rhame has also struggled with the Mets during tastes of the majors in 2017 and 2018, posting a 6.53 ERA and 1.57 WHIP in 41.1 innings (39 appearances).
With Rhame up and Gagnon down, the Mets' bullpen remains at eight while their bench remains at four. That could change when Todd Frazier is activated from the DL, with New York potentially going back to a seven-man bullpen and five-man bench.