2) NY Mets bullpen has better options than Mychal Givens
Mychal Givens is another one of the questionable trade deadline acquisitions the Mets made that hasn’t worked out so well. A bad debut for the Mets back in August has been tempered slightly. However, the feeling around Givens isn’t so positive. He isn’t the late-inning, high-leverage kind of relief pitcher the Mets needed to add. If anything, he is just an innings eater with experience.
Givens is now buried in the Mets bullpen. In the postseason, with the ability to move starters into relief roles, it’s hard to justify carrying Givens further. They have better options coming off the IL as well. Where exactly would he fit in?
We can’t even claim Givens would be a decent enough guy to pitch in blowouts. The Mets have Trevor Williams for that and could even decide to have David Peterson on their postseason roster for that role.
This leaves very few justifications to make Givens a part of the 26-man roster in the playoffs. It’s in the postseason when everyone should have a role. Givens, being untrustworthy and a one-inning per appearance option, just doesn’t fit. He can easily be replaced by a number of pitchers the Mets have within the organization. Tylor Megill’s ability to pitch multiple innings alone should make him a better option.