Adam Rubin of ESPN New York shares the plan …
Noah Syndergaard will have his start skipped in Miami in order to conserve his innings count. Fellow rookie Steven Matz will fill in on Saturday against the Marlins. The New York Mets then will go to a six-man rotation that includes both pitchers the next turn.
Matz has been sidelined since early July with a partial tear of his left lat muscle.
The 24-year-old southpaw surrendered just seven hits and two earned runs in 13 2/3 innings (two starts) with the Mets before landing on the disabled list. Matz also drove in four runs as a hitter in his debut June 28 against the Reds, becoming the first pitcher to tally four RBI in his first major league appearance.
Syndergaard is at 152 innings this season between Triple-A Las Vegas and New York. That is 15 innings north of his previous career high and the Mets want him to be 100 percent for the stretch run and postseason.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports that the Mets and free agent reliever Brad Brach have agreed on a one-year deal worth $850,000. The contract includes a player option for the 2021 season with a base salary of $1.25 million and additional performance incentives.
Brach, 33, signed as a free agent with the Cubs this past February. After posting an ugly 6.13 ERA over 39 2/3 innings, the Cubs released him in early August. The Mets picked him up shortly thereafter. Brach’s performance improved, limiting opposing hitters to six runs on 15 hits and three walks with 15 strikeouts in 14 2/3 innings through the end of the season.
While Brach will add some much-needed depth to the Mets’ bullpen, his walk rate has been going in the wrong direction for the last three seasons. It went from eight percent in 2016 to 9.5, 9.7, and 12.8 percent from 2017-19. Needless to say the Mets are hoping that trend starts heading in the other direction next season.