Milwaukee – Drew Smith’s expected return from the injured list on Tuesday The Mets will likely face a tough question.
“How do you make room for him?” asked manager Buck Showalter rhetorically before the Mets faced the Brewers.
With the exception of an IL pitcher assignment, the Mets will likely choose between choosing David Peterson to Triple-A Syracuse and having veteran Tommy Hunter for the appointment. The Mets have chosen mitigators Stephen Nogosek and Alex Claudio to Syracuse before Monday’s win 7-2 To make room on the menu for Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill.
Scherzer made a perfect six innings and hit nine on his return from Elle.
Peterson pitched 2 ¹/ innings at rest on Saturday as he tried out a potential second role left in Bullpen heading into postseason. Hunter has appeared mostly in low-impact relief roles this season and has gone down to 2.42 ERA.
“We have a few health things we will be looking at and who is going to be healthy,” Showalter said, noting that the diluted Mychal Givens (the COVID restricted list) will be returning from IL before the season ends.
Smith will return from a spinal strain that has kept him aside since late July.
“Drew was one of our best relief pitchers,” Showalter said. “We’ll see if he can get that shape back.”
Showalter said it is still being discussed about how to use Bullpen’s Megill. The right-handed struggled in his last two rehab appearances at Syracuse, but Showalter noted it wasn’t a cause for concern.
“I think the biggest concern was health,” Showalter said before Miguel hit a run and gave up two runs at two strokes while hitting one against the Brewers on Monday.
The Mets entered play with a score of 0.597 in road wins this season, which ranked third in franchise history. Only the 1986 and 69 team (.654 and .600, respectively) had better road-winning pedigrees. Both teams won the world championship. The Mets haven’t reached 45 road wins since 2007. They were one win away from matching that total as they start Monday’s play.
Mark Canha (0 for 3) entered play with 21 strokes from the field, a number short of the franchise record set by Brandon Nimo (1 for 4) in 2018. Overall, the Mets were three strokes away from the Reds. The modern-day record of 105 was set in 2021.
The Mets are on track to earn the highest salaries in baseball for the first time since 1989, among six record teams set to pay a penalty for spending.
The Dodgers, who started the season as the top spender, fell to second place due to Trevor Power’s suspension.
The Mets entered the last full month of the season with $273.9 million in payroll, according to updated numbers through August 31 compiled by Major League Baseball.
The Dodgers came in second with $267.2 million, followed by the Yankees with $254.4 million.
– with AP