4 Mets pitchers we'd rather see starting than Carlos Carrasco

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4) NY Mets pitcher Jose Butto should be in the rotation over Carlos Carrasco

Jose Butto is another pitcher the Mets should simply give reps to. He's had cups of coffee in each of the last two seasons and while most of his MLB appearances haven't gone too well, the last one was decent. He got through two scoreless innings in relief before imploding in his third inning. Grant Hartwig didn't help, but the third wasn't a fun one to watch.

Butto hasn't had the best year in the minors, but things have gone better for him lately. In his start prior to that MLB outing against the Pirates, Butto had delivered 5.2 scoreless frames. In his start after that outing, he allowed three runs in six innings. His ERA is very inflated from two awful starts in which he allowed eight earned runs and seven earned runs respectively. Overall, he's allowed four earned runs or fewer in 15 of his 18 AAA starts.

The Mets should give Butto some run to simply see if he's worth keeping around on the 40-man. He's not a top prospect or anything, but depth arms are always important to have. If Butto pitches well down the stretch, he can assert himself as a reliable depth arm for the Mets to count on if they need a sixth or seventh starter next season.

Again, he can't be much worse than Carrasco has been. He'd likely have the same losing results Carrasco has had, but you can at least look at his starts with an eye to the future. Carrasco's feel like a waste at this point.