The New York Mets have been actively making changes over the last several weeks with DFAs, promotions, and everything else we can question and debate. We’re almost halfway through the month of June. What will the roster look like on July 1?
For sure, it’s these three players who look like they won’t make it through the rest of the month.
1) Josh Walker won’t be on the NY Mets roster by July 1
We know the deal with Josh Walker. He’s getting a shot with the Mets because why not? The converted lefty starter has been swell in a relief role down in Syracuse. A 1.45 ERA in 18.2 innings of work is worth a closer examination considering the team has already DFA’d Stephen Nogosek and Tommy Hunter.
Some of these same rules apply for other Mets relievers with minor league options. John Curtiss and Jeff Brigham have seen stretches of success and failure with the ball club. However, it’s Walker, the least proven of the three, whose leash is likely to be the shortest.
Walker has a long way to go before Buck Showalter gives him anything other than mop-up innings. Control has been an issue for him since becoming a reliever. The strikeouts are high but those free passes are coming in abundance, too.
Walker’s only chance of remaining on the Mets roster through July 1 is for him to throw perfect innings or watch as his teammates get hammered or hurt. If he can join the reliever rotation of players going back and forth between Triple-A and the majors for the rest of the season, it’ll be a success.