It’s not against the rules for a starting pitcher to work beyond six innings.
Zack Wheeler taught that lesson Wednesday, when he became the first Mets starter this season to work into the seventh inning (and complete it). Now manager Mickey Callaway is looking for more.
“They probably feel like they could have gotten off to a better start as a whole,” Callaway said, referring to Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz. “But I think it’s been just fine, the way they are attacking. If they were walking guys and then all of a sudden gave up a homer, I would be concerned. But they are not walking guys, their stuff is fine. They will end up getting on a roll and pitching deeper into games for us.”
Mets starters are averaging just over 5 ¹/₃ innings per appearance, which has created extra work for the bullpen. Callaway noted he has played it conservatively early with his starters, but expects to loosen his grip.
“I didn’t think this early in the season it was worth it,” Callaway said. “I wanted them to get in a good groove and be fresh and take that extra day off. That’s why we are not shuffling around the rotation too much when we have an off day. They are going to find that groove pretty soon.”
After having four off days in this 10-1 start, the Mets are set to begin a stretch Friday of 10 straight days with a game scheduled. Callaway indicated that is a big factor in the team’s decision to carry 13 pitchers.
One line of thought is the Mets might give Nido a shot if they intend to continue a job share at the position with Kevin Plawecki. But the Mets might be less inclined to keep Nido, who turned 24 on Thursday, in the majors to play just once a week.
Jose Lobaton, who signed with the Mets in the offseason, is a veteran presence at Triple-A Las Vegas who would be in line for the promotion if team officials decide against Nido, who entered in the eighth inning Wednesday after Plawecki was drilled in his left wrist by a pitch.
As part of their “Strikeouts for Savings” promotion, the Mets will discount select tickets by 56 percent on the homestand. The deduction reflects the 56 strikeouts recorded by Mets pitchers on the last road trip. In addition, the weekend series against the Brewers features a Jacob deGrom “Free Shirt Friday,” fireworks on Saturday and a Mets youth baseball glove giveaway on Sunday.
Published at Thu, 12 Apr 2018 23:57:00 +0000