The New York Mets' early usage of John Curtiss in his first action off Tommy John surgery is concerning.
John Curtiss has pitched well to start his Mets career delayed by a year due to Tommy John surgery, He gave up just one run in five relief appearances over his first two weeks, but it feels like it may not last, due to some inconsistencies in his career, and how this feels overtaxed.
The Mets' rotation has been concerning to start, as they are not going deep enough in games, and it has forced Buck Showalter's hand in terms of middle relievers whom they can trust to eat innings, and overuse other guys in their bullpen too, as they've been the first two weeks. If Trevor Williams was re-signed, he would have been the guy to fill such a role. But he's not here anymore. So this leaves someone other than Brooks Raley, David Robertson, Adam Ottavino, and others to get the job done, and that responsibility fell on Curtiss.
Curtiss not pitching the last two games in the Padres series and the day off on Thursday may be a welcome respite, but the Mets play 10 days in a row starting on Friday in California, and I believe he will be needed to get big outs in the fifth or sixth innings of games, and given how hot the Dodgers and Giants offenses have been to start, it may be too much to handle for when the wear and tear of the season gets to them later on.