Seth Lugo is making a statement.
After six scoreless innings tonight, the Mets righthander is making a claim for a spot in the rotation.
Mickey Callaway knows it too.
“He had 75 pitches and he wanted to go back out,” Callaway said. “That’s how you do something special.”
With his six tonight Lugo has a 1.77 ERA for the fourth best in the majors.
“He’s really good,” Callaway said. “It makes you second guess and that’s a tremendous start against one of the better hitting teams. He’s making a case for himself and we have a tough decision to make.”
Lugo could replace Jason Vargas in the rotation if the veteran pitches more like the beginning of the season, rather than the last few starts, or Zack Wheeler’s spot could be in jepody if the righthander doesn’t step up. Eventually Noah Syndergaard will come back, and a decision needs to be made.
But if Lugo goes to the rotation, then there will be a hole in the bullpen to fill. There long relief role was handled tremendously by the righthander this year. You will have to wonder if someone like Wheeler could take to the same role.
This should be an interesting decision.