The Mets are in a very interesting and rare position for them — they have too many good players for too few spots. It will be interesting to see what Sandy Alderson does when everyone returns from the disabled list.
First the pitching. When Dillon Gee and Gonzalez Germen return from the disabled list, they should resume their old jobs. That means two pitchers (actually three because the Mets currently have 13 pitchers on the roster) will have to go. Unless they really distinguish themselves, Buddy Carlyle and Dana Eveland are sure bets to be sent back to Las Vegas. Who will join them is the big question.
Right now the starting consists of Jonathon Niese, Bartolo Colon, Zack Wheeler, Jacob deGrom and Daisuke Matsuzaka. Obviously Matsuzaka goes back to the bullpen when Gee returns.
But that will leave the bullpen with an extra arm —Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia, Scott Rice, Carlos Torres, Josh Edgin, Vic Black, Matsuzaka and Germen. Maybe the Mets do not reinstate Germen. Or maybe Black or Edgin flop and get sent back down. Whatever happens, it is not a terrible problem to have, although one of those players is going to feel pretty terrible.
I still would not be surprised to see the Mets trade some of their starting pitching surplus. That would have been more of a possibility if Rafael Montero had pitched better, but it could still happen if the Mets can get a quality bat in return.
As far as the offense, Juan Lagares and Eric Young will get their spots back. One of them will replace the extra pitcher currently on the roster while Matt den Dekker will likely be a casualty for the other spot. But what if den Dekker continues to play like he did on Monday? And what if Chris Young continues to play like he has all season? I do not think Alderson has the gumption to release Chris Young and eat the rest of his $7.25 million contract, regardless of whether it is the right thing to do.
Whatever happens, Alderson has some decisions to make pretty soon. It should be an interesting time in the world of the Mets.