What happened as a result of this genius bullpen management? The Mets lost three straight games blown by pitchers being asked to pitch virtually every day while the fresh arm goes stale. The truly galling one was when Jacob de Grom was sailing along under 100 pitches and was lifted for a clearly exhausted Fernando Salas, who, after yielding a four-pitch walk to a replacement level player was left in to yield not one but two home runs. Making a change from the 8th inning guy when he clearly doesn't have it isn't in Skipper's DNA. He doesn't seem to read exhaustion very well. The same happened on Tuesday night with Salas. Does anyone remember Matt Harvey in the 2015 World Series?
Of course, with the game falling quickly out of reach on Tuesday and pretty much no one left due once again to chronic bullpen overuse, Gilmartin gets to make his perhaps last appearance this early season in mop up duty when Rafael Montero once again crapped the bed.
Since both are out of options and the Mets would stand to lose whichever of those two they cut (just as they did Ty Kelly), I’m thinking they keep the heretofore unused Gilmartin around until Thursday then send him down to make room for Familia. They will keep the short bench which becomes really just three men since they won’t take the chance on using the backup catcher any given day. This approach allows them to have extra time to try to wangle a trade of either Edgin or Montero rather than just lose them for nothing. If they did actually make a cut, the younger of the two, Montero, is the likelier designee since he’s actually pitched far worse. Losing Tuesday night's game may have indeed sealed his fate. Then again Gilmartin did what he could to shoot himself in the foot, too. It's anyone's guess.
The June Changes
Once Amed Rosario spends 55 days in Las Vegas then he becomes part of the equation of what might help the big club. As already speculated, how much better would this club look with Rosario playing short and Cabrera shifting to 3rd? As long as the Mets remain around .500 or above I wouldn't expect them to make significant changes until they get to preserve an extra year of financial control. The Michael Conforto situation is different in that they lost both Lagares and Nimmo at the same time and pretty much had no other options. I still fully expect them to banish Conforto to AAA at some point to let him log his 55 games there. I'm guessing it will coincide with Nimmo's return. The only thing that could change that outcome is an injury to an outfielder or an unexpected trade. Speaking of Nimmo, has anyone found him yet? There has been nary a peep about him.