3) Why the loser of the Carlos Carrasco vs. Taijuan Walker might not make the NY Mets playoff roster
See above. With Peterson and Megill already competing for a bullpen spot and Williams a virtual lock, the Mets don’t have as much of a need to make a starter a reliever in the playoffs. This leaves the loser of the Carlos Carrasco vs. Taijuan Walker battle for the fourth starter role potentially left in the dust.
The Mets do have a few other relievers whose postseason roster spot is in jeopardy. Drew Smith hasn’t been nearly as excellent as he was earlier this year. Could he bow out of the way in favor of a more seasoned veteran going from the rotation to the bullpen?
Mychal Givens is another guy who could throw his final pitch for the Mets in the regular season. He’d serve them best as a mop up guy. However, this is also the likely role Williams would have. Any of the starters would be better options to go multiple innings than Givens who is more of a traditional inning-at-a-time pitcher.
Carrasco and Walker will each get to make one last start for the Mets this season. The hotter arm might win favor while the other could end up having to sit out a round or two in the postseason. It should be interesting to see how this weeks-long internal battle ends. Unless both finish strong, one could be left behind.