After using six relievers on Saturday and five on Sunday, the Mets’ bullpen was in sad shape, even with carrying nine relievers. But back-to-back blowouts in San Diego were actually a good thing for the pen, as only two relievers were used in each game. The Mets enter Wednesday’s game with five relievers having had two days off – Edwin Diaz, Seth Lugo, Adam Ottavino, Stephen Nogosek and Adonis Medina. If Buck Showalter can keep the reliever usage to 2/3 per game, rather than 5/6, that will be a good thing. It’s why having multiple relievers capable of going two or more innings twice a week is a desirable configuration.
It will be curious to see how Showalter handles the pitching roles once Tylor Megill is activated. Does he go back to the rotation or do they put him in the bullpen to save innings? If he goes to the rotation, does David Peterson or Trevor Williams get bumped? And does the bumped pitcher go to the minors to remain stretched out as a starter or do the Mets remove an existing reliever? If it’s the latter, is it one of the three rookies who’ve already ridden the shuttle back and forth to Syracuse this season or is Joely Rodriguez?
Are there enough dangerous lefty hitters to make carrying two lefty relievers worthwhile? Both Rodriguez and Chasen Shreve have done a good job when they have the platoon advantage. But when push came to shove and the Mets needed a reliever to pitch in a clutch situation on Sunday, Showalter opted for Medina over either of the lefties. Medina was the most-rested option of the three and perhaps that was the only factor that mattered. Or perhaps it was an acknowledgment that with the game on the line and good hitters due up, that the rookie was a better bet to close the game out.