If you’ve paid attention to the New York Mets June schedule you’ll know the team has a couple of 14-inning days scheduled. The team has done well in doubleheaders this year. However, they have a stretch coming up where they will play three different ones in seven days.
It all starts on June 19 with two against the Washington Nationals. On June 21, they have two more against the Atlanta Braves. Things finally end on June 25 with a double-dip against the Philadelphia Phillies.
How can the Mets survive the carnage of these extra innings? Nick Tropeano may be able to help.
Nick Tropeano is back with the Mets and an option to start games for them
I don’t agree with every decision the Mets have made in regards to their pitching staff this year. I think there have been points where they should have given other guys a chance. Tropeano, who has started in Triple-A this season, was recently reacquired from the San Francisco Giants via waivers. Seemingly stretched out enough to go multiple innings, Tropeano arrives to the Mets organization just in time to help.
Tropeano logged 9.2 innings for the Giants’ Triple-A team, going 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in the process. Pitching in relief for the big league squad he had a matching record and 1.50 ERA across 6 innings of work.
Tropeano fits the bill of what the front office has looked to add since they took over this past winter. Still young enough to have some years to contribute, he’s a guy who never quite reached his ceiling but may have something to offer the club this year. At the very least, I’m hoping for a 3-inning start in one of the upcoming doubleheaders.
Does Nick Tropeano have a long-term role with the Mets?
I think the answer to this question is simple: who the heck knows?
Tropeano certainly has a chance to give the Mets something for more than the 2021 season. An option year left this season, he could become one of the guys they shuttle back and forth from the majors to Triple-A on a regular basis as needed.
Staying on the 40-man roster would be one of the bigger challenges for Tropeano. However, even if he does get designated for assignment as he has in the past, it’s possible he ends up passing through waivers and ends up staying with the organization.
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The timing of the Mets adding Tropeano back definitely seems to line up with their preparation for all of the innings their pitchers will need to log in the coming weeks. Far from a savior, if he can get consistent outs once through the order and possibly get them through three of the seven scheduled innings in any doubleheader, I would consider it a success.