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Mets: Candidates to replace Noah Syndergaard during his IL stint

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on June 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 15: Noah Syndergaard #34 of the New York Mets pitches in the second inning against the St. Louis Cardinals at Citi Field on June 15, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – MAY 20: Wilmer Font #68 of the New York Mets celebrates at the end of the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on May 20, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On the Current Roster

The Mets do have a few choices already on the 25-man roster. In fact, it’s probably the likeliest place the find the man to replace Syndergaard.

Many would love to see Seth Lugo move back to the rotation, but he is the only reliable bullpen arm the club has. Moving him from this role would leave them with no option to lean on. Let’s eliminate him right away.

It’s possible we also see Drew Gagnon move from the bullpen to the starting rotation. Gagnon is a baseball veteran who could potentially give them a few innings each night. He’s not such a great choice for a different reason. He hasn’t been very good in the major leagues.

Then there’s the man I believe will replace Thor: Wilmer Font. Since moving to a relief role, Font has been much better. The innings he has pitched haven’t been the most pressurized, though. Mostly, he’s taking the mound in the middle innings before the heat gets turned up.

The Mets acquired Font earlier this season in a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays for this exact purpose. He’s here to start in a pinch. I fully expect this to be how the Mets go.

In all three starts this season, Font failed to go beyond 4 innings. He took a loss versus the Washington Nationals and a pair of no-decisions in the other two outings. He’s not a long-term plan, but someone who could make two or three starts for this team. In those starts, I would expect the Mets to be at a great disadvantage.

Of course, there’s always the idea of going with an opener. I’m almost interested to see how this might work. Font, who is familiar with the idea thanks to his time with the Rays last year, might even be a candidate to pitch innings 2-5.

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