Adrian Houser will be traded by the trade deadline
The end of the Mets' rotation belongs to groundball specialist pitcher Adrian Houser. Houser was acquired from the Milwaukee Brewers along with Tyrone Taylor for prospect Coleman Crow.
Despite being a starting pitcher with a low level of strikeouts, his profile is determined by his ability to induce outs for the life of the ground ball in more than 47% of the hits allowed. Houser achieves this due to the use of his sinker, which he uses almost 50% of the time achieving a PutAway% of 21.2.
The Mets know what they are getting with Houser, a pitcher known by David Stearns, who provides stability in the rotation and can consume a relatively large number of innings. However, his tendency to be a more contact pitcher and who has been allowing more fly balls will make the team's recently solidified defense work significantly with the signing of Harrison Bader.
Despite the Mets' current roster, the team could be competitive this season, but even though they may be playing .500 by the trade deadline Houser would be traded. This pitcher can be a helper even in the bullpen of a team in need of pitching, while the Mets will have more depth options for the fifth spot in the rotation with Tylor Megill, Joey Lucchesi, and David Peterson, who is projected to return from injury for the season second half of the year.