By Gem Tablak
Verrett surely has had his up’s & down’s since Matt Harvey went down with a season ending shoulder surgery last month but it looks like his time in the Mets rotation may be coming to an end sooner rather than later.
In 2 starts in the month of August, Verrett has an ERA at 9.35 & in 4 starts in July he had a 4.18 ERA. However it’s clear that he’s much more of an efficient pitcher coming out of the bullpen with a 2.81 ERA as opposed to a 5.49 ERA in 11 starts this season.
So clearly logic says it might just be time to bump Verrett back into the bullpen while the team looks into other short term solutions for that number 5 spot in the Met rotation.
But who is that short term solution this year? Can Wheeler come back & not throw 96 pitches going into the 6th inning? Will Colon continue to be able to get it done at this point of the season & his career? Can Gabriel Ynoa come up & fill that role? What about Gsellman?
Time will tell but there is only so much of the 2016 season left.