Mets bullpen will be key in their upcoming doubleheaders
By Tim Boyle
The New York Mets bullpen will be key for the team in their upcoming doubleheaders on the schedule.
Get ready for a double-dip of New York Mets baseball many times in the next few days and possibly even throughout the rest of the 2020 season. The seventh inning stretch has now become more than a chance to stand up out of your seat. It’s the last opportunity for the home team to strike back.
As you may have heard, doubleheaders in 2020 are consisting of seven innings. This is done for a variety of reasons, one of them to help save the league’s pitchers from throwing their arms out.
In related news, the Mets bullpen is about to be asked to go above and beyond in the next week to help get the team through this extra baseball on a single day.
Fortunately, the Mets bullpen has been pretty awesome in 2020. Although they have since lost Seth Lugo to the starting rotation, there are still a few guys I would trust to get some big outs.
Edwin Diaz looks more like the pitcher he was with the Seattle Mariners. Although still shaky at times, it looks like he might get save opportunities again with Lugo’s promotion to starter.
We have also been lucky enough to see Dellin Betances and Justin Wilson settle in after some rocky starters. The Mets have gotten continued excellence from Jared Hughes and Chasen Shreve, a pair of guys nobody really saw having big roles with the club this year.
The Mets are still in trouble as far as their starting rotation is concerned. Outside of Jacob deGrom, it’s a group of untrustworthy men. During this stretch of doubleheaders, they’re going to feel the pain of losing David Peterson.
This stretch could include some different strategies by the Mets to get through the game. With Steven Matz possibly back in the rotation out of need, we could see the team limit his innings as play the game with their starter like it’s the postseason. Three innings from Matz would be good enough with only four left for the bullpen to secure.
We should expect Luis Rojas to attempt pushing deGrom as deep into the game as possible whenever he starts on a doubleheader day. The same goes for Rick Porcello. While not nearly as talented, he’s capable of eating innings and giving the team seven quality frames.
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This week should be an interesting one for the Mets. With six games in nine days, it’s time for the bullpen to play hero.