3) NY Mets can’t trust Joely Rodriguez in a big spot
Joely Rodriguez has somehow lasted all year as a member of the Mets. Because they traded for him right before Opening Day, they must have felt an obligation to push forward and hope things changed. Was his track record in the major leagues not enough for them to realize he wasn’t the best lefty reliever option for them?
The Mets have ignored this role all year long and did nothing at the trade deadline to correct it. As important as a lefty reliever can be, Rodriguez just doesn’t get lefties out enough to justify keeping him on the postseason roster even for very limited appearances.
David Peterson would be the only other lefty with a realistic shot to be on the postseason roster. Because he can also go longer and deeper into games, asking him for the occasional one batter appearance to end an inning might make more sense for the Mets.
Better yet, how essential is it to even waste a roster spot on a lefty you cannot trust? Enough of the righty relievers the Mets have could be good enough to get big outs for them regardless of the handedness of the batters.
Though limited with the number of southpaws they can carry with them on the postseason roster, it’s clear that Peterson in a unique sometimes one-batter/other times multiple inning role would make much more sense than a wasted roster spot on Rodriguez—especially if you’re going to have Terrance Gore doing nothing but pinch run.