2) NY Mets roster question: Which starters move to the bullpen?
Along with carrying either Carrasco or Walker in the bullpen, the Mets have a few other guys capable of going multiple innings they could have available in relief. Trevor Williams is obvious. Not so clear is David Peterson or Tylor Megill.
Both of these starters have a lot to prove before the postseason begins if they want to be a member of the playoff roster. The fact that Peterson throws left-handed definitely helps his case. Megill, yet another righty, will have nothing but performance to convince the Mets he’s a guy to add to their roster.
Time is running out for them to give Joey Lucchesi opportunities to pitch and prove himself in the big leagues so we may want to completely dismiss that possibility.
Something the Mets need to weigh in this decision is to give themselves some variety. They have tons of right-handed relievers already. Joely Rodriguez is their lone true lefty which probably does make Peterson the preferred choice.
The Mets have several different directions they can go. We shouldn’t be surprised to see them make major changes from series to series depending on performance and who the opponent is. The big challenge is not making too big of a mistake early on. You don’t want to choose the wrong starter and find yourself eliminated.