3 important starting rotation questions the Mets will need to address in the coming weeks

The Mets have some big starting rotation questions in the coming weeks.
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Christian Scott’s awesome debut for the New York Mets raised more questions than it answered. While a replacement for Adrian Houser in some regards, it’s not exactly a direct one-to-one. Scott was going to get the start regardless because of the lack of off-days for the Mets during their current stretch. The team had planned to use a six-man rotation at times this year. Scott and his hot start in Triple-A made him the obvious choice to get his feet wet.

The successful outing should have Scott lingering around on the MLB roster a little longer. But it doesn’t answer some of the questions about the rotation in the back of our minds.

1) Who gets the boot from the Mets rotation when Kodai Senga returns?

The Mets prepared themselves with more bodies than roster spots they had. Joey Lucchesi may never get an opportunity to reach the big leagues again with this ball club. Tylor Megill and David Peterson are ahead of him on the depth chart and working their way back.

More importantly is the return of Kodai Senga. The ace we’ve yet to see take the mound for the club in 2024 could return as early as late May although sometime in June feels more realistic. In either case, someone will have to get the boot from the rotation to make room.

It’s far too early to make any assumptions. After all, the Mets have a rotation filled with injury-prone players. That can quickly solve one of those questions. What if, by some miracle, everyone is healthy. Then what?

The performance of Scott and Jose Butto over the next few weeks will weigh heavily into any decision. Each has been brilliant albeit with Scott just one start under his belt. The easy thing to do is send one of them down for Senga. That isn’t how these Mets have operated.

Over the next several weeks, the other starters will need to prove themselves worthy. Although his abilities would probably translate the worst in a relief role, Jose Quintana and his typical limited number of innings he can go would be a personal preferred choice. Unfortunately, it also puts him in a bullpen alongside Houser.

This is one of those upcoming questions we’ll know more about as it nears.