With Noah Syndergaard on the injured list, Wilmer Font is likely to get the call on Thursday vs. the Chicago Cubs.
Right-handed pitcher Wilmer Font is likely to make a spot start on Thursday vs. the Cubs, according to Mike Puma of the New York Post.
Acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays in early-May, Font has appeared in 19 games for the Mets. He owns a 4.98 ERA and 1.369 WHIP in 34.1 innings pitched.
Thursday will be the fourth start of the season for the 29-year-old. His previous three have gone less than smoothly.
As a starter, Font has pitched to 7.84 ERA in 10.1 innings. He has fared better out of the bullpen, recording a 3.75 ERA in 24 frames.
With the club spiraling out of contention, they are likely only hoping for three-to-four innings from the right-hander on Thursday.
Thankfully, it appears that Syndergaard’s stay on the IL will be a brief one. Dealing with a low-grade hamstring strain, he is only expected to miss one start.
Let’s hope Font and the bullpen can hold it down in the meantime.
Latest on Jed Lowrie
One of general manager Brodie Van Wagenen’s first moves was to give Jed Lowrie a 2-year/$20M deal in January.
It looked like a good move on paper as he was coming off his first career MLB All-Star Game appearance.
In typical Mets fashion, it is now late-June and Lowrie has yet to play a game for the club.
The 35-year-old began a rehab assignment last month, but had it cut short by a hamstring strain.
Van Wagenen’s latest update was less than promising. “His left side is causing him problems,” the GM said. “I’m not going to get into any more details beyond the fact that his left side needs to be working in concert with each other.”
On a slightly more positive note, Van Wagenen added, “We’re hopeful that he can make an impact for us here. At some point in the future.”
The Mets have lost four of their last five games and a season-high 8.5 games back in the NL East. Barring a shocking change of events, Lowrie’s eventual return may be too little, too late.