New York Mets Roster
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New York Mets starting pitcher Carlos Carrasco (hamstring) could make his season debut on Saturday with a start against the Reds, according to Tim Britton of The Athletic. Manager Luis Rojas said that there's "a very real" chance that Carrasco's next start will be with the Mets, and that it could come as soon as Saturday. Carrasco has been out all season long due to a torn right hamstring, but he's made good progress towards finally making his return. Managers should continue to monitor updates on his condition throughout the week, as he can hopefully provide a solid late-season boost after going 3-4 with a 2.91 ERA, 1.206 WHIP and 29.3 percent strikeout rate over 68 innings of work in 2020.
New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (oblique) will require a four-to-six week recovery from his right oblique strain, which would place a likely return date at mid-to-late August, according to Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. This is the first time we're hearing about a timeframe for return, and while that's obviously a good sign, as we've seen with other players this season, it's hard to tell exactly how long an oblique injury will take to fully heal up. Lindor has had a disappointing season this year, hitting .228 with a .702 OPS across 87 games. But in his last 14 games prior to the injury, he had begun to heat up at the plate by slashing .317/.462/.463 with two home runs, two steals, 11 RBI and nine runs scored. Until he returns, Luis Guillorme will continue to see increased playing time at shortstop.
New York Mets relief pitcher Edwin Diaz saved his 21st game of the year Sunday, closing the door on the Toronto Blue Jays with three strikeouts around one walk to secure a 5-4 victory. It's Diaz's second consecutive scoreless outing after giving up runs in his previous three. Despite his struggles, which have led to a 4.08 ERA and 1.21 WHIP, Diaz still strikes out plenty of batters (58 in 39 2/3 innings) and is a very worthwhile fantasy investment as the closer on a good team. He should be able to provide plenty of value going forward.
New York Mets starting pitcher Rich Hill made his team debut Sunday, going five innings and giving up three runs on five hits and two walks with one strikeout. His line might have been a bit better, but reliever Seth Lugo allowed all three of his inherited runners to come around to score when he took over for Hill with the bases loaded in the top of the sixth. Hill may not go deep into games, with just one outing of at least six innings since May 31, but he posts solid enough ratios (3.95 ERA and 1.18 WHIP) and strikeout totals (92 in 100 1/3 innings) to be a viable streaming option in fantasy leagues.
New York Mets third baseman J.D. Davis continued to bang on Sunday, going 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, and two runs scored. Davis has only appeared in 23 games this season, racking up just 66 at-bats, but he's slashed .364/.462/.606 with four home runs in that time. He should see plenty of playing time going forward, whether he sticks with the Mets or is moved to another team before the deadline, and he should be on rosters in all but the shallowest of fantasy leagues.