Mets depth chart: 2 players moving up, 2 players moving down
By Tim Boyle
Enough games now in the rearview for the New York Mets, there is some shaking up going on with the depth chart. The promotion of Brett Baty to the majors has already pushed Eduardo Escobar aside. What about those other players who find themselves changing places?
Heading into Sunday’s action, these two players look like they’re moving up the depth chart while this other pair are moving down it.
NY Mets depth chart: Joey Lucchesi is moving up
A masterful start by Joey Lucchesi on Friday has pushed him up the depth chart. He gave the Mets 7 shutout innings in their victory over the San Francisco Giants. This performance immediately adds him into the starting rotation picture for the foreseeable future.
It’s been a while since Lucchesi has pitched in the big leagues. He was out for nearly all of the 2022 season recovering from Tommy John Surgery in the middle of the 2021 season. This promising outing may be just the beginning of a triumphant return. Or maybe it’s merely a mirage.
On the depth chart, the Mets need to start considering him as a guy capable of sticking around. They’ve been in need of arms all season. Lucchesi’s promising debut should put him in contention to start again and maybe even find a slightly more permanent roster spot with the big league club.
It’s impossible to ignore Lucchesi as a piece of this year’s puzzle. Move him up the depth chart already. While he hasn’t quite surpassed Tylor Megill, Lucchesi should be a strong consideration to get on the mound ahead of this next pitcher who moves down the depth chart.