Bartolo Colon is available out of the bullpen on Saturday
In what could be considered a tryout or an experiment, Terry Collins has made an unexpected member of his pitching staff available in the bullpen on Saturday.
Collins said instead of throwing a side, Bartolo Colon is available to pitch in relief if needed against the Red Sox Saturday afternoon.
It stands to reason the Mets would consider this, as it appears unlikely Colon would be on a playoff roster as a starting pitcher, as they only need 3-4 starters in a Division Series, and four starters at most during a seven-game series.
Its not clear yet if the Mets intend to proceed with Colon in the bullpen thought the rest of the regular season.
If they do, they will have five starting pitchers available once Steven Matz is activated from the disabled list. Originally, the Mets planned to go with a six-man rotation soon after activating
The Mets are intent on skipping Noah Syndergaard in the rotation sooner rather than later. He will start tomorrow, but he’s then scheduled to start in Miami next Saturday, which would also be Steven Matz’s day to pitch as well. It would make the most sense to activate Matz and use him to skip Syndergaard on the road.
But the Mets could conceivably use Colon to skip Syndergaard as well, then transition Colon into a relief role and go with five starting pitchers the rest of the way with Colon as the swing-man.
That solution might present a challenge if the Met want to keep to the innings limits of their young starters, however.
Of course, all of that assumes Colon can even be successful in relief, something he has not done since 2011.