The New York Mets are officially going where few teams have gone before. Okay, it isn’t terribly rare or unheard of now but it is still very unique for a Major League Baseball team to go with a six-man starting rotation. The Mets are doing that officially as of now but it isn’t really just an experiment with a six instead of five man rotation. They have a reason for it and I believe it makes perfect sense to at least try the six-man move.
Young starters Matt Harvey and Zack Wheeler are both nearing the innings limit that the Mets have set for them. Considering the fact that the Mets are a healthy 12 games out of first place in the National League East, there is no reason to stretch that limit and take any risk of injury to their great young pitchers. Instead of just packing them in sometime in late August however, the Mets have decided to go with a six-man rotation to try and stretch the young men well into September.
It might seem like an odd decision but you never know what could happen. They could find themselves closer than they thought they would be in mid-September and wanting to make a run. If their big guys are over their limit however, that could lead to all sorts of issues. This way their limit will come but not nearly as fast. It will save their arms for September and cannot mess up a season that seems lost anyway. Basically they have nothing to lose by trying this and it makes perfect sense. Good move Mets; it will be interesting to see how effective it is.