Jonathan Villar was a signing that made much sense at the time and has proven to be excellent. He’s been a valuable utility player for the Mets who has had to step up big time when so many of the team’s players went down with injuries.
However, barring any more injuries to the team’s starting infielders, Villar will see less playing time once Lindor returns. The Mets will finally have their ideal starting infield when this does happen and Villar will have the role he was expected to have when he was signed: a valuable bat and glove off the bench.
The acquisition of Hill and the long-awaited Mets debut of Carlos Carrasco have changed the injury-riddled Mets rotation. As things stand, the rotation is currently comprised of Carrasco, Hill, Marcus Stroman, Tylor Megill, and Taijuan Walker.
After a surprisingly strong rookie season, David Peterson has struggled mightily this year. To make matters worse, he’s now serving time on the 60-day IL after undergoing foot surgery and will not be able to return until August 30th at the earliest.
The presence of Hill in the rotation leaves Peterson in a peculiar spot and on a short leash. When Peterson does return, the Mets will be playing very important baseball. They’ll either be fighting to remain at the top of the NL East, trying to climb back up, or looking to secure a wild card spot. Every game counts. They won’t be able to afford bad outings by Peterson.
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Peterson has to be able to turn things around at that point, or he will be moved to the bullpen. The fact that Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard could be making their returns around that time, as well, won’t help Peterson, either. Adding depth to the rotation means Peterson won’t have as much room to play poorly and will be demoted, just as Steven Matz was a year ago.