The Mets have quickly gone from having two starting catchers to having a rookie make his second career start behind the plate.
After using veteran Jose Lobaton in the two games since losing both Kevin Plawecki and Travis d’Arnaud, first-year Mets manager Mickey Callaway is planning to start 24-year-old catcher Tomas Nido on Sunday afternoon against the Brewers.
Nido, who will catch for Noah Syndergaard, has had just one at-bat this season, and made five appearances with the Mets last season, going 1-for-3 with two RBIs in his only start on Sept. 25.
“I think that’s a good time for Nido to get in there,” Callaway said. “Syndergaard throws strikes, and he feels like he can throw a strike whenever he wants to, so not really worried about that. I think Nido complements him really well with the way he can throw, so that’ll be a good time to get Nido in the game.”
Syndergaard has a 0.69 ERA in two career starts against the Brewers, having allowed one run in 13 innings.
En route to an 11-2 start, the Mets have had just one game in which the starter reached the seventh inning, with the relievers responsible for five wins and eight saves, while leading the majors in ERA (1.62).
The bullpen has thrown a total of 50 innings (3.85 per game) this season.
The bullpen was needed for four innings in Saturday’s 5-1 loss to the Brewers — Hansel Robles allowed the lone run on an Orlando Arcia home run — and Callaway is also already conscious of riding the bullpen too hard too early.
“We’re actually having our guys monitor that to make sure that we’re in a good spot at all times,” Callaway said. “We’ve spaced it out quite a bit in my opinion, and as long as guys are rested the right way and we’re not overtaxing them on a weekly basis — now there’s going to be times where they’re going to throw three out of four, and they’re just going to have to, that’s the name of the game — but as long as we just don’t continue to do that over and over and over again, I’m going to be happy with it no matter how many bullpen innings we throw.”
Matt Harvey became the 15th pitcher in Mets history to record 600 strikeouts. … Asdrubal Cabrera went 0-for-4, ending his 11-game hitting streak. … Michael Conforto has reached base safely in each of his eight games this season. … Yoenis Cespedes drove in the team’s lone run, and has a team-high 12 RBIs in 13 games.