The Mets are weighing their options for Tuesday.
PITTSBURGH — The Mets have had a few fairly uneventful days in Pittsburgh, which is really all they can ask for right now. No news is good new in a year that has brought nothing but injuries and controversy.
The good news on Saturday is that Yoenis Cespedes (left hamstring straing) is in the lineup for High Class St. Lucie for a second straight night. He’s expected to play in the outfield and get more than the three at-bats he was allowed on Friday night.
“They thought he swung he swung the bat alright,” manager Terry Collins said. “He’s anxious to get back in there tonight and see how he does. They took him out after his third at-bat, I don’t know how many innings he’s got to play but we’re certainly anxious to see how does tonight.”
As for Tuesday, when there’s a vacant spot in the rotation, there’s no news as of yet. The two options are right-hander Tyler Pill, who was called up on Friday afternoon and has never pitched in the big leagues, or left-hander Josh Smoker, who was drafted as a starter but has never made a big league start.
Smoker made two starts with Triple-A Las Vegas this season in an effort to stretch out in case he’s needed for a spot-start. Smoker last pitched regularly as a starter in 2010, making 19 starts in the Low Class-A South Atlantic League for Washington Nationals’ affiliate Hagerstown, going 3-10 with a 6.50 ERA before being converted to a reliever the next year.
The prospect of starting again excites Smoker, who said he gets a different sort of adrenaline rush than coming out of the bullpen, and he felt that he threw more fastballs with better command during his Triple-A starts this season.
But Pill has already made nine this year (two in Double-A and one in Triple-A) and he seems like the logical choice, but if he’s needed for multiple innings out of the bullpen in Pittsburgh that could complicate the decision.
“As I’m sitting here right now, at this moment, those are probably the two guys,” Collins said. “Probably Pill right now over Smoker, but that certainly can change tomorrow.”