Originally written August 29, 2013 on Mets Merized Online:
Carlos Torres was locked in from the second this game started and seemed determined to prove that he deserved a spot in this rotation. Of course, if he pitches the way he did today on a consistent basis, it’d be hard to keep him out of it — even though he’s sort of landed in the role by default by now. With Jeremy Hefner, Jenrry Mejia, and Matt Harvey all down with injury while Jacob deGrom, Rafael Montero, and Noah Syndergaard all approach innings limits, Torres has the last spot in the rotation locked up until further notice. He was pitching like he had to fight for this rotation spot today, however, which is a good thing. He dominated the first six innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out six batters. He allowed two more hits in the seventh, culminating in a run after a sacrifice fly by Darin Ruf, but that was the only blemish on his record all game. He departed in favor of Scott Rice after two outs, who picked up the last out of the inning for a hold. Gonz...
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