Noah Syndergaard will make his second appearance when he opens Sunday’s season finale in Atlanta, manager Luis Rojas said on Thursday.
Syndergaard will likely pitch one inning, as he did on Tuesday in his season debut. Syndergaard threw 10 pitches, nine of them strikes, and struck out two in a perfect inning vs. Miami.
Rojas would not reveal which pitcher the Mets are planning to use as the bulk guy once Syndergaard’s stint ends. On Tuesday, it was Trevor Williams, but Rojas said Williams is scheduled to start on Saturday.
Tylor Megill will open the series against Atlanta, which went into Thursday night with a chance to clinch the NL East with a victory over the Phillies.
Rojas’ weekend pitching plans seem to indicate that Marcus Stroman and Carlos Carrasco will not pitch again this season.
Stroman’s last outing was on Tuesday, which would put him on schedule to start Sunday. But the pending free agent is not scheduled for that game.
Stroman is 10-13 with a 3.02 ERA in 33 starts. He said after his last outing that he was "open to anything" when it comes to re-signing with the Mets.
Carrasco is 1-4, 5.73 in 11 starts in an injury-plagued season. Carrasco dealt with elbow soreness in spring training and then severely injured his right hamstring trying to come back. His season debut came on July 30.
The 34-year-old was never able to be the impact pitcher the Mets thought they were acquiring from Cleveland in the Francisco Lindor deal. Carrasco has one year and $12 million left on his contract with a $14 million team option for 2023.
Robert Gsellman, out since June with a right lat strain, will accompany the Mets to Atlanta as part of the taxi squad and could be activated this weekend.