Mets Depth Chart: 2 players moving up, 2 moving down

Players on the rise with the Mets and two others riding lows.
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Dedniel Nunez is moving up the depth chart

Everybody’s favorite rookie reliever this season, Dedniel Nunez, has pitched brilliantly. A 2.04 ERA in 17.2 innings across 11 games has been one of the bigger surprises in a bullpen full of them. Only Reed Garrett’s early dominance and the success of Sean Reid-Foley might outmatch what Nunez has accomplished.

We should consider Nunez one of the top dogs out of the bullpen for the Mets. Although he’s no kid at 28-years-old, he is a rookie no less and one who has uplifted the team several times this month alone.

Gutsy 4+ out appearances while racking up strikeouts have been his modus operandi of late. In particular, it was the perfect 2.1 innings he pitched against the Miami Marlins while fanning 5 that stood out. He followed it up with a recent outing against the San Diego Padres with two more shutout innings and a pair of strikeouts.

Nunez is beginning to pitch in bigger situations for the Mets. Although more established big leaguers are in the bullpen to hand the ball off to Edwin Diaz, it’s not preposterous for Carlos Mendoza to begin handing those opportunities to Nunez. Frankly, he has earned every high-leverage situation the Mets can toss his way.