The New York Mets have a division to win before they can start thinking about what the postseason roster will look like. We are not the New York Mets. We are the fans. We can think about whatever we want.
There are plenty of players who will definitely make their way onto the postseason roster. What about those on the fringes of joining them in Game 163?
The rule for postseason eligibility requires a player to be on the 40-man roster or 60-day injured list as of 11:59pm on August 31. This makes Joey Lucchesi an option.
Mets postseason roster could include Joey Lucchesi
Joey Lucchesi isn’t going to save the Mets in the postseason nor should we have especially high expectations for him even if he does return at all. During the minimal number of appearances he made for the Mets in 2021, we saw some highs and lows as he worked in a similar fashion to the way Trevor Williams has for the team in 2022.
In 38.1 innings of work, Lucchesi was only 1-4 with a 4.46 ERA. This included 8 starts and 3 relief appearances. He had actually been trending in the right direction, making five straight starts without allowing more than a run.
Lucchesi wouldn’t start for the Mets in the postseason. He’d be a left-handed reliever option for them instead. A dark cloud hanging over the roster throughout the 2022 season, could the Churve return wearing a superhero cape in October?
The Mets are fortunate to have as many options as they do to slot into a relief role and give them innings. Tylor Megill is someone we haven’t seen pitch in relief for the team but should be a candidate for some high-leverage innings. David Peterson is the other lefty likely to compete with Lucchesi for a spot.
The trouble here for Lucchesi is that Peterson has actually pitched this year and been reliable; for the most part. Lucchesi would have to pitch a few quality innings as more than just a long-man out of the bullpen before the Mets even think about adding him to their postseason roster.
But for eligibility, he’ll be someone they can consider to help them in their World Series chase.