The Mets' starting rotation has been a major asset this year, and it will get a boost next week, as rookie left-handed pitcher Steven Matz will make one more rehab start on August 31 and rejoin the Mets a day later. Rosters expand that day, allowing major league teams to carry as many players from their 40-man rosters as they would like on their active rosters.
In his most recent rehab start for the Double-A Binghamton Mets, Matz domianted in six innings of work. Of course, before he hit the disabled list, he dominated in two major league starts for the Mets, too. In 13.2 innings, he struck out fifteen and walked five with a 1.32 ERA.
With Matz back in the fold, the Mets should have plenty of options with their starting rotation through the end of the season. The team could return to its six-man rotation, especially since expanded rosters will allow them to fully stock their bench with position players—something they couldn't do when they used the six-man rotation earlier in the season. And depending of workloads, innings limits, and the standings, the Mets can manipulate the rotation accordingly.