Mets option T.J. Rivera and Tyler Pill to Triple-A Las Vegas
The Mets headlined this Saturday by sweeping the doubleheader at Atlanta and finalizing the roster moves for outfielder Yoenis Cespedes and pitcher Seth Lugo.
In result of activating Cespedes and Lugo from the disabled list, New York was forced to send down both RHP Tyler Pill and utility man T.J. Rivera to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Cespedes has been on the DL since April 27, while Lugo has yet to play this season.
Manager Terry Collins threw Cespedes right into the lineup for the first of the two contests, although reports surfaced claiming that his running abilities were not 100%.
However, Yo smacked a grand slam to help propel the Mets to a 5-run victory in his first game back with the club.
With Lugo now back, the Mets are likely to explore switching to a 6 man rotation sooner rather than later. This makes sense following the demotion of Pill and return of Steven Matz.
In Rivera’s time at the MLB level, he has made the most of his opportunities. The Bronx native has himself 11 RBIs on the year. Most notably, Rivera had himself a pretty effective day at the plate on Saturday, batting in a run in the first game and coming off the bench for a pinch-hit homer in game two.
As for Pill, the rookie was originally called up to give much needed reinforcements to struggling pitching staff. His 0-2 record does not do him justice, as he impressed in his big league debut against Milwaukee as well as in his other appearances. In 12 innings of work, Pill posted a 3.75 ERA.
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The Mets have some tough baseball ahead. Once they wrap up the this series against the Braves, the team comes back to Queens for a 7 game home stand against the defending champion Chicago Cubs and division foe Washington Nationals.
Now would be a good time to start racking up some wins.