MIAMI — The Mets’ rotation could become a six-pack within the next week.
With rookie Corey Oswalt pitching at a respectable level and Steven Matz potentially on the verge of coming off the disabled list, manager Mickey Callaway said Friday that a six-man rotation is under consideration.
Oswalt is scheduled to start Saturday in Matz’s place for a second turn through the rotation. The lefty Matz, who has been sidelined by a flexor pronator strain in his arm, is expected to throw a simulated game at Marlins Park.
If Matz passes the test, he could rejoin the rotation for Thursday’s doubleheader in Philadelphia, according to Callaway.
But even beyond that doubleheader, Callaway said he can envision a six-man rotation to keep his starting pitchers fresh.
“We want to see [Oswalt] pitch Saturday and then sit down and really see exactly what we want to do with all of our players after that,” Callaway said before the Mets’ 6-2 victory over the Marlins, in which Zack Wheeler pitched seven innings of two-run, four-hit ball.
“Especially since we want to monitor guys like [Noah] Syndergaard and Wheeler, a six-man rotation might make sense at some point.”
But Callaway added that Jacob deGrom will be consulted to ensure the right-hander — who is perhaps the front-runner for the NL Cy Young award — is on board with the plan.
“We would have a conversation with Jake,” Callaway said. “We understand where he is at and what he is trying to do and we would make sure that he is taken care of.”
Jason Vargas, the other remaining member of that rotation, is scheduled to pitch Tuesday in Baltimore.
The lefty Vargas was moved back a day in the rotation so deGrom could pitch against the Yankees in Monday’s Subway Series makeup game.
Austin Jackson went 3-for-4 with an RBI in Friday’s win and now is 17-for-36 (.472) with two homers and nine RBIs since joining the Mets on July 27.
The veteran outfielder has become the Mets’ primary option in center field recently, and he remained there on Friday night.
Michael Conforto (1-for-4 on Friday night) has reached base in 24 straight road games, dating to June 12.
During that stretch Conforto had a .398 on-base percentage. It was the Mets’ longest streak of that kind since Curtis Granderson reached base safely in 37 straight road games beginning Aug. 8, 2015.
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