Verrett (3-6) allowed two runs on four hits and one walk while striking out three over 5.1 innings, but received no decision Friday at the Marlins. Verrett had a 2-0 lead going into the sixth inning, but he gave up a two-run blast to Christian Yelich, resulting in a no decision. He's now gotten the ball the last three times through the Mets' starting rotation, and he's held opponents to two or fewer earned runs in two of those starts. He'll make his next start Wednesday against the Cardinals.
Verrett took a no-decision in a 4-2 loss to the Phillies on Saturday. He allowed two runs on eight hits, struck out four and walked one over six innings. The Phillies hit Verrett pretty hard all night, but his only blemish was a Ryan Howard homer through four innings. But with runners on second and third, a weak ground ball brought home the tying run. Philadelphia took the lead for good the following inning against the Mets bullpen. Verrett remains 3-6 with a 4.21 ERA, 1.48 WHIP and 41 strikeouts in 62.0 innings.
Verrett will start the Mets' second game after the All-Star break, Saturday against the Phillies, Anthony DiComo of MLB.com reports. Bartolo Colon will start Friday and then be followed by Verrett, Steven Matz, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The Mets were looking to give Matz, deGrom and Syndergaard some additional rest and accomplish this by starting Colon and Verrett the first two games after the break. Verrett is filling in for Matt Harvey (thoracic outlet syndrome) and will need to prove he can hold the spot with the Mets looking at other starting pitching options.
Verrett (3-6) gave up five earned runs on four hits and five walks in Saturday's 6-1 loss to the Nationals. He struck out three. Notching the start following Matt Harvey (shoulder) landing on the DL, Verrett labored through 107 pitches. He was only able to get 59 of them into the strike zone, and the five walks he issued were a season high. On the positive side, it was Verrett's longest stint on the mound this season, but he worked himself into too many unfavorable situations to escape unscathed. The 26-year-old has now dropped six straight decisions after a 3-0 start, and will look to get things straightened out over the All-Star break.
Verrett is expected to start Saturday against the Nationals in place of Matt Harvey (shoulder), ESPN.com reports. Seth Lugo was brought up in a corresponding move with Harvey landing on the DL on Tuesday, but it sounds like it will be Verrett who takes Harvey's final turn before the All-Star break. Control issues have plagued Verrett in his five starts for the Mets this season -- he's issued 14 free passes in 23.2 innings as a starter -- with his FIP pushing 5.80 in a starting role.