After considering Drew Gagnon as their spot-starter for Monday night's series opener against the Nationals at Citi Field, the Mets have instead chosen Wilmer Font.
Font, who pitched relatively well in his first start with the Mets (allowing two runs in 4.0 innings), got shellacked by the Nationals in his second start, allowing five runs on six hits while walking two and striking out two in 2.1 innings.
While Gagnon has pitched very well out of the bullpen for the Mets lately, tossing 5.2 scoreless innings over his last five appearances, he hasn't thrown more than 26 pitches in any of them.
Gagnon did throw 97 pitches in relief against the Phillies on May 16 while cleaning up the mess during the Mets' blowout loss.
While Font will get the start, his pitch count will likely be limited, meaning a piggyback type of situation with Gagnon could be possible if the Mets want to avoid burning out their bullpen while they're in the midst of playing 20 games in 20 days.