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Mets likely to give nod to Tyler Pill for Wednesday start in Los Angeles

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May 30, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tyler Pill (56) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
May 30, 2017; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Tyler Pill (56) pitches against the Milwaukee Brewers during the first inning at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
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Even after Matt Harvey‘s latest injury, the Mets have decided to keep the six-man rotation going, so now they’ll need a spot starter for Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers.

The decision of who would be that sixth starter was reportedly between Rafael Montero and Tyler Pill. Seeing as how the former got into Monday night’s game in mop up duty and pitched 3 2/3 innings, the Mets are will likely go with Pill in Los Angeles, according to the New York Post’s Mike Puma.

The youngster Pill has made two starts for New York so far this season and neither one of them has really been anything to brag about. Overall, he’s allowed 14 hits in 10 1/3 innings and allowed six runs total for an ERA of 3.55. He last pitched 10 days ago when he came in relief against Atlanta on June 10.

He was sent down to Triple-A Las Vegas shortly after, and had one start where he pitched seven innings and allowed two runs, while striking out three.

While the Mets haven’t made the move official yet, it’s likely to be announced between Tuesday and early Wednesday. As of now, the rotation has Robert Gsellman in line for the second game of the series with Steven Matz taking the hill on Thursday, Seth Lugo on Friday in San Francisco, and Jacob deGrom starting things back up again on Saturday.

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With Zack Wheeler’s performance going down over his last two starts, it’ll be interesting to see what happens to the order of the rotation once the Mets decide to go back to a standard five-man set. Could Pill make the case to stay up here and earn himself another start if he pitches well on Wednesday night? We’ll have to keep an eye out on that going forward.

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