Call-up Number 3: Bullpen – Continue calling up Relief Pitchers and keep backstop depth
Although relief pitchers like Tyler Bashlor, Walker Lockett, Paul Sewald, and Drew Gagnon have all seen major league action this year, their fresh arms would be welcomed by the taxed Mets bullpen; especially guys like Seth Lugo.
In fact, the need for additional arms was highlighted as the Mets reason for designating Ruben Tejada for assignment. And considering their bullpen is so strained, perhaps that move was a sign of which positions they will focus on for their September call-ups.
Personally, I think Brodie van Wagenen and his team will focus on bullpen depth by adding relievers to their pen to rest their relief corps in certain spots.
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However, they still need to be competitive if they want to secure a playoff spot in September, which will require Callaway to call on the best bullpen options in tight games.
Still, they should be mindful of not overusing their starters or relievers if they can help it. These September call-ups should be specifically designed to help their depleted bullpen down the stretch.
Calling up fresh arms would help their bullpen more than their starting rotation – even though they would also benefit from a spot-start here and there from pitchers like Walker Lockett.
Additionally, the Mets should plan on keeping Rene Rivera as another backstop even if Tomas Nido returns since keeping Rivera up would give Wilson Ramos a rest and allow Nido to fully recover from his recent head injury.
It’s not a bad thing to have a catcher like Rene Rivera as a backstop; especially in September when teams are calling upon every player to help them be successful.
However, generally speaking, if the Mets are able to get healthy, then none of these minor leaguers will be needed (or wanted) on the postseason roster. That is a big if however – and not one the Mets have had any luck with this year.
The Mets have a tough schedule the rest of the way and will need all hands on deck to win games going forward, due to their poor first half to the 2019 season.
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Fortunately, the Mets do have people to call up for their stretch run. It all depends on just how well they utilize their roster and the underappreciated talents on this team.