Last Monday in this space we talked about how the starters were giving quality, if not necessarily quantity. Since then, we’ve seen quantity, too, with one notable exception. Here are the IP by the starters since June 1:
6/1 – Zack Wheeler, 6 IP
6/2 – Jacob deGrom – 7 IP
6/3 – Steven Matz – 7 IP
6/4 – Off day
6/5 – Jason Vargas – 5 IP
6/6 – Wheeler – 7 IP
6/7 – Off day
6/8 – deGrom – 8 IP
6/9 – Matz – 6 IP
6/10 – Seth Lugo – 6 IP
There’s been no bullpen-killing, three-inning starts. Combine that with multiple off days – after going through the 18 games in 17 days stretch – and the Mets have relievers who are getting rusty.
Now, we don’t particularly want these guys pitching, so let’s not look at this as a bad thing. But you combine the above with the fact that the team has off here on Monday the 11th and it’s difficult not to wonder if the team is carrying too many relievers.
Currently, the Mets have 12 pitchers on the active roster, which is normal for the 21st Century game. But could they go back to 11 now? Before you answer, consider that Paul Sewald has only been used three times this month, too.
Now, there won’t be (m)any stretches the rest of the year where the team has three off days in 11 calendar days. But if the three-inning starts become blue moon occurrences, than the Mets should strongly consider adding another player to their bench and going with 11 pitchers. Just another benefit of using relievers for multiple innings rather than the matchup masturbation route.