With the ultimate two weeks of the season, the Mets and Braves will settle the National League East race.
Along the way in which, a number of inside Mets races will probably be determined as nicely.
With 11 video games to go of their common season, the Mets know they are going to be within the postseason, however they have no idea their playoff place or their full playoff roster.
As the Mets head to Oakland for a three-game collection starting Friday, let’s check out the battles that haven’t been resolved by 151 video games:
Who is the fourth starter?
Carlos Carrasco or Taijuan Walker?
The prime three — Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom (in some order) and Chris Bassitt — seems set. Carrasco and Walker have two begins apiece remaining to exhibit that they belong within the postseason rotation. Carrasco has been higher this month however was knocked round (three runs in 4 innings) Tuesday in Milwaukee.
It is feasible the Mets might use all 5 starters for a possible NL Championship Series — which can have only one off day as a result of of the condensed schedule ensuing from the lockout — however they doubtless would at the least open the playoffs with 4 starters.
The fifth starter would doubtless turn out to be a reliever, which presents the query:
What does the bullpen seem like?
Walker or Carrasco might assist, however every would signify only one extra unknown for the group.
The again of the bullpen is ready with Edwin Diaz and Adam Ottavino. Seth Lugo is the third-most trusted and an ironic choice to turn out to be the lefty specialist: Lefty batters are hitting simply .158 towards Lugo. Would the Mets be snug not carrying a southpaw and utilizing a righty towards the opponent’s greatest lefties late in video games?
With rosters going from 28 to 26, the Mets would doubtless carry 12 or 13 pitchers. To complement the earlier eight listed pitchers, they’d select 4 or 5 from the next:
Trevor May and Mychal Givens — assuming a wholesome return off the COVID-IL — doubtless have the within monitor. Can lefty Joely Rodriguez (unscored upon in his previous six innings with 9 strikeouts) nail down a spot? Can fellow lefty David Peterson make a profitable transition from the rotation to the bullpen? Will wild playing cards Tylor Megill, Drew Smith or Trevor Williams emerge?
Speaking of rising…
Who is the righty DH/pinch hitter?
The Mets wager on Darin Ruf, who was acquired on the commerce deadline even with Mark Vientos at Triple-A. Ruf is hitting .148 in 60 plate appearances since, which led to Vientos getting referred to as up anyway for at-bats towards opposing lefties.
The rookie has began his profession 1-for-18.
The upcoming collection in Oakland will doubtless function three opposing southpaws in Cole Irvin and former Yankees Ken Waldichuk and JP Sears. Perhaps this weekend will assist the Mets achieve readability in who they need to lean upon.
If each proceed to scuffle, righty-hitting Francisco Alvarez, who has been scorching in Triple-A, can be an extended shot value watching. The prime prospect doubtless wouldn’t be used as a catcher, a place that additionally provides a dilemma.
Will they’ve an on a regular basis catcher?
Tomas Nido began Sunday and Monday. James McCann began Sept. 12 and 13. Those have been the one situations by which a Mets catcher began back-to-back video games this month.
Although neither Nido nor McCann distinguished himself offensively for the primary 5 months of the season, each have swung higher in September — notably Nido, who’s batting .361 along with his solely two house runs of the season this month.
If Nido retains hitting, would the Mets promote the ostensible backup to be the starter? Or does McCann and his expertise warrant a timeshare that extends into the postseason?
Last month, there was thought that the Mets might carry a 3rd catcher who would enable the starter to be pinch hit for, however Nido and McCann have swung that notion away.
So who will get the twenty sixth roster spot?
It might depend on whether or not the Mets really feel snug with 14 place gamers and 12 pitchers.
The penciled-in place gamers: McCann, Nido, Pete Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Luis Guillorme, Eduardo Escobar, Francisco Lindor, Mark Canha, Brandon Nimmo, Starling Marte, Daniel Vogelbach and a righty DH. Tyler Naquin doubtless belongs, too.
Has Terrance Gore cemented a spot as a late-inning pinch runner who creates havoc on the bottom paths?
If so, would the Mets nonetheless carry Naquin in a five-outfielder development that will doubtless imply 14 place gamers and 12 pitchers?
If so, the bullpen competitors would turn out to be tighter.