MIAMI -- The Mets may return to a five-man rotation when Matt Harvey is shut down for the season, before switching back to six starters for the final stretch of the schedule.
New York opted to go with a six-man rotation in August in order to help reduce the workload of Harvey and several of the team's other starting pitchers like Chris Young and Jon Niese.
Manager Terry Collins suggested that the team may briefly go with a five-man rotation when Harvey reaches his prescribed innings limit. Harvey, who starts Tuesday in St. Louis, is at 152 1/3 total innings between Triple-A Buffalo and New York, and likely has 15-20 innings left before the team shuts him down.
"When Harvey's done, you're talking about the September callup guys are possible guys to slip into that same spot," Collins said. "We probably can get by with five [starters] until the last off-day [Sept. 20]."
After the final off-day, though, the Mets finish with a stretch of 13 games in 13 days, at which point Collins figures the team could benefit from a six-man rotation.
The Mets' skipper wants to get a few starts for righty Jenrry Mejia, who is currently with Buffalo but could join the Mets on Tuesday, along with a few other callups, after the Bisons' season ends. In 25 games with Buffalo, including nine starts, Mejia is 3-3 with a 3.06 ERA.