Instead, at least eight different pitchers will make starts down the stretch for the Mets over their final 18 games, including top prospects Jenrry Mejia and Jeurys Familia. Mejia is in line to make multiple starts beginning Saturday against the Brewers, followed by Familia at some point later this month.
"We will obviously monitor his workload," manager Terry Collins said of Mejia, who underwent Tommy John surgery last May.
Collin McHugh will also appear at least once more for the Mets, as will Jeremy Hefner. And Matt Harvey will make two more starts before the Mets shut him down for the season.
The only constants will be Chris Young and Jon Niese, who will remain on relatively regular schedules, and R.A. Dickey, who will continue to pitch every fifth game.