What is the Mets’s rotation going to look like in a couple of weeks? Up until Jeremy Hefner went down last week, we were looking at a 6 man rotation consisting of Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Jon Niese, Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner, and Jenrry Mejia.
Hefner is gone for the season and may need Tommy John. That will also knock him out of 2015. Mejia went down last night, which should end his season.
The six man rotation is now down to four survivors.
With the six man rotation gone, the plans to stretch Harvey and Wheeler further into the month of September before they hit their innings limits goes out the window. Once those limits are hit, the four will be reduced to just two – Jon Niese and Dillon Gee.
Jon Niese is coming off a shoulder injury. Hopefully, he’ll last. Dillon Gee has had the forearm tightness much of the season, but it looks like he’ll be okay.
So assuming that Niese and Gee make it to September 29th – who are the other three spots going to go to?
Carlos Torres will likely get one of those spots, simply because they need an arm. He’s been good in the pen, but they’re going to need that arm.
So what about the other two spots?
Forget about Noah Syndergaard. He’s already coming up on his innings limit on his age 20 season. He’s being held back in AA already to save some innings for the AA playoffs.
Rafael Montero is coming up on his innings limit ceiling.
There’s been mention of Jacob deGrom lately, who was #17 on the Mets prospect list. He wasn’t even in the conversation in the last several weeks regarding Mets future pitching plans and he’s not on the 40 man roster, but he’s someone that may be given a look simply out of necessity. The 40 man roster is currently full, but transferring Hefner and Mejia to the 60 day will clear up two spots.
If it’s simply a matter of needing a body, we also may very well be seeing Chris Schwinden added back to the 40 man roster just to eat some innings because the younger guys will be hitting the wall.
So come the last two weeks of September, unless a veteran gets released elsewhere when the rosters expand and the Mets just pick him up to ride out the rest of the season, I have the sneaking suspicion that the rotation may consist of Niese, Gee, Torres, deGrom, and Schwinden.