Logan Verrett is retained, Dario Alvarez optioned back to Triple-A Las Vegas
Logan Verrett delivered eight stellar innings against the Rockies in his first big league start of his career on Sunday, easily having the best day in his baseball life in the Mets 5-1 win over the Rockies.
For his work, he has earned his keep and avoided a demotion back to Triple-A Las Vegas.
Instead, the Mets will option LHP Dario Alvarez back to Las Vegas ahead of activating David Wright on Monday afternoon in Philadelphia.
It’s a little surprising, only because Verrett is unavailable for the next four days, as is Matt Harvey presumably. That means the Mets are playing two men short on the pitching staff for the next four days in another hitters park in Philadelphia. They could have kept Alvarez, demoted Verrett and brought him back next Tuesday when rosters expand.
Having said that, he was beyond brilliant and saved the day for the Mets in Denver on Sunday. He got through eight innings after neither Met veteran pitchers could go deep into their games on Friday and Saturday. He saved the bullpen too, limiting the need to only Hansel Robles in the ninth inning.
He will unquestionably get another spot start when they decide to skip Noah Syndergaard, which could be the next turn through the rotation since he’s unavailable to skip him this time. After that, he will then look to earn a role on the playoff roster as a reliever, perhaps for the sixth and seventh innings, if not the primary long-man.