Jacob deGrom’s start tonight has been pushed back to tomorrow because of family issues, as the team announced. In his place, the Mets have called up Corey Oswalt to make his first major league start tonight against the Miami Marlins. The team has also opened Gerson Bautista back to Triple-A Las Vegas and moved Seth Lugo back to the bullpen full time.
Oswalt has appeared in only one major league game in his career, pitching four-and-two-thirds innings out of the bullpen against the Cardinals on April 25 earlier this season. He pitched admirably in relief of an inefficient Steven Matz, allowing only two hits and two earned runs while striking out four Cardinals batters. Oswalt will face off against Sandy Alcantara, a top Marlins prospect who is making his first major league start.
Oswalt has primarily been a starter throughout his minor league career. In ten starts for the Las Vegas 51s this year, he has a 5.32 ERA, a 5.04 FIP, and a 1.42 WHIP in 47.1 innings. In that time, he has allowed 49 hits and 28 earned runs while striking out 49 batters.
The other piece of news revolves around Lugo returning to the bullpen after making five starts for the team this season. As a starter, Lugo posted a 3.52 ERA in 23 innings pitched, which included six shutout innings against the Yankees on June 10. Overall on the season, Lugo has a 2.76 ERA, a 3.37 FIP, and a 1.07 WHIP.