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Mets mulling options for fifth rotation spot

The Mets might replace Logan Verrett in the rotation.

MLB: New York Mets at Detroit Tigers
Verrett has only two quality starts since replacing Harvey in the rotation
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After Logan Verrett surrendered six runs over 3.2 innings in a 6-5 loss to the Tigers on Saturday night, the Mets are unsure who will take the mound in his next turn through the rotation,’s Anthony DiComo reports.

Verrett, 26, has a 5.61 ERA over 33.2 innings in six starts since replacing Matt Harvey in the rotation on July 9. The Mets could stick with Verrett, or they might insert reacquired Jon Niese in his spot or call up a rookie from Triple-A. Niese was 8-6 with a 4.90 ERA in 23 appearances (18 starts) for the Pirates. He has allowed one run in 4.1 innings since returning to New York.

As for the minor league pitchers, Gabriel Ynoa and Robert Gsellman are potential call-ups. The 20-year-old Ynoa was 14th on our pre-season list of the Mets’ top prospects and has a 4.42 ERA and 4.6 SO/9 in the hitter-friendly PCL. He has failed to replicate his dominance of the low minors in the system’s higher rungs.

Gsellman, who ranked 9th on our list, struggled in his first three PCL starts after being promoted from Double-A, but in four starts since, he has a 3.04 ERA and 25 strikeouts against four walks in 26.2 innings.