Joey Lucchesi would like to think he has earned a shot at working through the batting order a third time, but will the Mets give him that opportunity?
The left-hander was removed at 72 pitches Sunday after allowing one earned run on four hits with six strikeouts and one walk over five innings. After the Mets’ bullpen squandered a one-run lead in a 7-3 loss to the Padres, he was asked about potentially working a third time through the lineup.
“I want to pitch as long as I can,” Lucchesi said. “I only threw 72 pitches, I wasn’t tired at the time, and I told them I wanted to keep going, but you have got to respect the manager’s decision. I guess I have to keep showing them … that I can pitch.”
Lucchesi, over his last four starts, has pitched to a 1.56 ERA, and manager Luis Rojas said it’s possible he will get a chance to work through the lineup a third time. But he wanted Jeurys Familia against Tommy Pham, Fernando Tatis Jr. and Manny Machado on Sunday.
“The game is going to speak to us when we make that decision,” Rojas said.
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