Sean Reid-Foley struck everyone with his stellar performance in Chicago. Reid-Foley pitched three impressive innings against a hot Cubs offense, and it caught a lot of eyeballs. Between the Kimbrel-esque squat to the swings and misses, he had everything working in that first outing.
He got the call in that first outing because of a rough start from Joey Lucchesi. Lucchesi had motored through the order the first time around, but the second trip gave him troubles. It was clear to most that the Cubs had figured him out, which made it tough to leave him in for a long time. This opened the door for the newly called up Sean-Reid Foley to make his Major League debut.
The day after the game, Lucchesi was optioned to the alternate site. The Mets followed by bringing up Stephen Tarpley, who pitched in yesterday’s game. Tarpley struggled yesterday, and will probably be sent to the alternate site as well if he continues to pitch that way. But, why is nobody talking about what will happen when Lucchesi’s spot in the rotation comes around?
Most of us probably assumed that Lucchesi will just be called back up for his next start. But what if he isn’t? What if the plan is for Sean Reid-Foley, a natural starter, to get a start? Reid-Foley was dominant in his first outing, and clearly turned some heads. It is early enough in the season that it would make sense to give a guy like him a chance. He impressed many, and might have even impressed enough to make his first Major League start.
The one issue with all of this; the Mets are skipping Lucchesi’s spot in the rotation this week because they have an off day on Monday. Because of this, they are rolling with an extra bullpen arm in the slot of Lucchesi.
That still doesn’t mean that Reid-Foley won’t be getting a starting opportunity some time in the near future, but it also could mean that the Mets simply wanted another lefty reliever in the bullpen.
Regardless of what happens, keep your eye out on how much Sean Reid-Foley pitches in the upcoming week. The possibility of a future start could be high.