This summer is drawing to a close very quickly. In just a few weeks it will be football season and the leaves will be changing as the temperatures turn a little more chilly. This is the time of year that baseball fans turn to the future in the present season; September call-ups.
It’s that special time of year when a team that is fading fast in their respective pennant races can get a glimpse of the talent that is on the cusp of breaking into the big leagues when the teams expand their rosters on September 1st. For teams that are in the hunt or running away with their divisions, it’s a time to reload of sorts and rest their veterans a little more often than normal.
It’s also a time where teams add much needed depth to their bullpens after a long, tiring summer. With this wonderful time of the season just a mere two weeks or so away, here’s five potential players the Mets might bring up to cure what ails them.
Noah Syndergaard: This is a name almost every Mets fan has heard or knows by now. He was acquired along with Travis d’Arnaud when the team traded Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey and catcher Josh Thole to Toronto. There have high expectations on this young man ever since. It was thought that he may be called up as early as this past week to make a few starts for the suddenly injured Jacob DeGrom but he stayed in AAA Las Vegas instead.
With the rosters expanding, it is almost a certainty that he will get the nod and experience his first taste of the MLB. With a 4.76 ERA and a 8-6 record in the minors, it’s tough to argue for him as ready for the next level, but with 119 strikeouts in 113 innings pitched, it’s even harder not to bring him up.
John Lannan: While this is a name that may make some Mets fans cringe, with the rosters expanding, a veteran spot starter or long reliever is an asset to a team like the Mets in September. Even if it is John Lannan. Early this season he had a stretch of five games where he pitched four innings and gave up seven runs.
Not good numbers. They’re almost reminiscent of Oliver Perez, but he is a veteran presence that the team could use on a situational basis. That’s something that the Mets always seem to utilize this time of year. Whether it’s to mop up, come on for a batter or two or start the first half of a make up double header, he could prove his usefulness in several ways next month.
Omar Quintanilla: This is a name Mets fans know well. He’s been a spot starter for the last few seasons in Queens, including as recently as the beginning of this season. He has a solid glove to make up for his .232 AVG in AAA. That alone is the most likely reason he will be called up.
In addition, he knows the team and the league. Late inning defense in a close divisional game will be a crucial key that the team will be looking to utilize. If nothing else, Quintanilla offers more security in a tight game.
Andrew Brown: As much as I’d like to say the team will bring up a young outfield, power bat to spark the offense like a Cory Vaughn or Cesar Puello, it’s far more likely they will bring up Brown. He has experience with the team and the coaching staff, plays solid defense and has a decent bat coming off the bench to pinch hit. He had eight hits including two home runs in 19 games earlier this season for the Mets.
He’s a player that has enough experience to benefit a team like the Mets if they’re fighting for any kind of playoff spot. He plays all three outfield spots well. His defense will help in late innings and he is a good pinch running candidate as well as pinch hitter type. The type of player that Terry Collins can use a lot.
Gonzalez Germen: The Mets will need bullpen relief. They have the starters that can handle mop up patrol and spot starts but what about the pitchers that can shoulder the late inning pressure load that Mejia and Familia have to endure? Germen is a viable option for that.
He, like most of this list, has been with the Mets at one point this season. He knows the coaching staff and clubhouse, he was sent down to work on some things and has shown tremendous improvement since and he has learned a little about closing out games this year. While with the Mets, he had one blown save with a 4.78 ERA in 21 games and giving up 11 walks and 14 runs in 26 innings pitched.
Since working his way through AAA, he has five saves, a 0.59 ERA, one run given up, five walks and 23 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. In addition, lefty hitters are battling just .080 against him. In a lefty heavy NL East, he could be a tremendous asset if he holds to that trend.
Fans and media alike will be hoping for the recognizable names like Allan Dykstra, Kevin Plawecki or some of those I’ve named earlier for the sheer name value and curiosity of what they can do if given the chance. If the team is in contention, however, they would rely more on role players and experience as opposed to entirely handing over the reigns to untested minor league players simply because they put up good numbers in AAA.
It will be far more likely that names like those listed in addition to a Josh Satin or a Taylor Teagarden will be the ones we’ll have to live with for another autumn. If the team is playing meaningful baseball, though, I think we would all be happy to.