Adrian Houser, Finally Quit And Resigns Due To Remarks comments on TV……

There are plenty of clouds around the Mets’ rotation, but their immediate plans have cleared up.

Adrian Houser will at least temporarily re-enter the rotation for a start in Philadelphia on Wednesday, manager Carlos Mendoza said, which will allow the club’s other starters to receive an extra day of rest.

For at least this turn, Houser will serve as a sixth starter during a turn through the rotation that does not contain an off day.

In two starts on four days of rest, the 35-year-old Quintana holds a 10.57 ERA this year.

“He’s still built up,” Mendoza said of Houser, who pitched to an 8.16 ERA in six starts before falling out of the rotation and throwing two scoreless innings out of the bullpen. “Trying to find that extra day of rest for some of the guys, and he’ll be ready to go.”

Performance on Wednesday will certainly factor in, but it is possible that Houser will be making his final start for a team that will have more rotation options soon.

Tylor Megill made a fourth rehab start Sunday and “felt good,” Mendoza said, in throwing 74 pitches over 5 ¹/₃ scoreless innings with Double-A Binghamton.

Megill entered the season in the rotation because of Kodai Senga’s injury and lasted four innings before a right shoulder strain forced him to the injured list.

Without Megill, Jose Butto and Christian Scott have pitched well enough to remain in the rotation.

Houser had fallen out, but Luis Severino, Sean Manaea and Quintana (who has struggled recently) have fairly solidified spots.

Megill could join the team late this week or next weekend as a sixth rotation member to replace Houser, who would shift back to the pen. Megill also could slot in as an interesting, multi-inning bullpen arm. Alternatively, he could remain building up in the minors and serve as rotation depth.

“Everything’s on the table here,” Mendoza said before the Mets lost, 5-4, in 10 innings to the Phillies on Monday at Citi Field. “We got a decision to make in the next couple of days. We’ll see what we got this next  time through.”

Drew Smith (right shoulder soreness) is expected to be activated off the IL on Tuesday, Mendoza said.

Smith made two rehab outings with Triple-A Syracuse, allowing a run in two innings Wednesday and Sunday.

David Peterson (offseason hip surgery) is expected to build up to about 75 pitches in a rehab start with Double-A Binghamton on Tuesday.

Manaea (six innings, one run) is the ninth pitcher in franchise history to allow one or zero home runs in his first eight starts with the club.

He has allowed just one dinger in 41 ¹/₃ innings.

J.D. Martinez (3-for-4 with two doubles, two RBIs and a walk) collected his first three-hit game of the season.

The Mets recalled Shintaro Fujinami from Triple-A Syracuse for the purpose of placing the righty on the 15-day IL with a right shoulder strain.

The powerful but wild Fujinami has walked 17 in 7 ²/₃ innings with Syracuse.

The New York Mets planned to give Adrian Houser the ball on Wednesday against the Philadelphia Phillies. After throwing in the bullpen during the team’s 4-0 loss on Tuesday, they decided against it because pitchers are handled like infants made of glass these days. Joey Lucchesi will, instead, be the one to start for the Mets.

Since getting beaten up by the Chicago Cubs on May 2, Houser has pitched just once out of the bullpen. He tossed 2 scoreless innings versus the Atlanta Braves. Hardly enough to know if he has fixed anything, the original choice of going to Houser is understandable in keeping with as close to a six-man rotation as they can get.

Adrian Houser is starting to clog up the Mets roster

Although this skipped start doesn’t have much to do with his future or anger any fans, Houser’s presence grows in how problematic it is. The poorly constructed Mets roster allows them very little wiggle room right now with the pitching staff. This isn’t all on Houser, but if he had done his job, this wouldn’t have been a conversation.

He should be pitching on eggshells, though. Wildly ineffective with 22 walks versus just 16 strikeouts in his 30.2 innings of work, Houser has failed to perform up to his end of the bargain. The Mets only needed him to be a decent fifth starter. He has been much less so.

David Stearns has been quick to pull the trigger on DFA’ing other players. Joey Wendle got the boot after starting at second base on Tuesday. Houser is a little bit different. They’ve known each other since their days with the Milwaukee Brewers. Houser is getting paid more than the other previously DFA’d players combined. His expected role as a starter can also be viewed as more valuable than a reliever or bench player.

Still, the Mets can ill-afford to have someone in their rotation who doesn’t give them a chance to win. With so many other options available to them, it’d be a major mistake to put any continued trust in Houser.

Moving him to the bullpen is a bit out of the question too with how little room they have there. Reed Garrett is the lone optional reliever. There is no room to call up a second lefty reliever with Houser clogging up that roster spot.

Houser can prove himself useful for the Mets in a multi-inning role even if he works in losses. The team had originally intended for Michael Tonkin to take on those innings, but his early failures sent him packing. Houser may soon follow. Stearns hasn’t been committed to force-feeding players he signed or traded for into games like Billy Eppler did. When Kodai Senga comes back is the point when the Mets are most likely to send Houser away if they didn’t already.


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