Maybe Jose Reyes can help the Mets turn things around; the Mets reactivated him, and he will start at shortstop and lead off Saturday night. At the same time, the Mets demoted Logan Verrett after his disastrous performance Friday night.
To make room for Reyes, the Mets sent Matt Reynolds down to Triple-A. Gabriel Ynoa will take Verrett’s place. But not in the rotation. That spot will likely go to Jonathon Niese (can you hear the collective groan?).
The moves come on the heels of Michael Conforto’s second demotion of the year, as well as Brandon Nimmo continuing to rack-up frequent flyer miles between New York and Las Vegas.
Now a game under .500 and three games out of the second Wild Card slot, the Mets will need more than minor roster shakeups to right the ship. They need their pitchers to pitch like they are supposed to, and the hitters to hit like they are supposed to. There is no magic coming from the minors.
The Mets will get a boost when Yoenis Cespedes comes back, expected to be on Thursday. Hopefully they can tread water until then and wait for last year’s hero to carry the team on his back once again. That’s not asking too much, is it?