Though the team has yet to make the official announcement about today’s starting pitcher, Wilmer Font told reporters Tuesday that he will be starting the Mets’ Wednesday afternoon game against the Padres. The 28 year old right-hander will be making his Mets debut after being acquired from the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday.
The team did announce that Font was activated yesterday, and Corey Oswalt was optioned to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for him on the roster.
Font has put up a mediocre 5.79 ERA this season, but his peripherals have been strong, striking out over 11 batters per nine innings. He has made five starts in his major league career, all of them with the Rays in 2018, though he has started more frequently in the minor leagues. He has been effective in those big league starts, putting up a 1.71 ERA over 21 innings.
Though the Rays made headlines last year for their strategy of using a reliever as an “opener” to begin the game, Font’s usage didn’t fit this model and he was used as long as his gradually-increasing pitch limit would allow.
This season, he has been used exclusively in relief and is expected to be limited to 75-80 pitches in his start today.