The start will be Verrett's third of the year, as he previously filled in twice for Jacob deGrom. He also started four games in 2015, including a spot start against the Rockies on August 23. In that Coors Field appearance, he held them to one run over eight innings in place of Matt Harvey.
This year, Verrett has been excellent in his role as the swing man, posting a 1.27 ERA in 21.1 innings of work both as a starter and in the bullpen. His peripherals suggest that some regression is coming, but his performance has been undeniably solid this year.
It's easy to forget that Verrett did not start season with the Mets. Claimed in the Rule 5 draft by the Baltimore Orioles, Verrett was placed on waivers after failing to make their Opening Day roster. He was claimed by the Rangers, where he allowed six runs over nine innings of work out of the bullpen. After being cut by the Rangers in late April, Verrett cleared waivers and was returned to the Mets. He was called up on June 17 to replace Akeel Morris, and he proceeded to post a 3.03 ERA over the rest of 2015.