Jose Butto hurls gem to keep maximizing his Mets chance

Jose Butt lost out to Tyler Megill when he had a chance to earn a rotation spot in spring training.

Now that Megill has joined Kodai Chiga on the IL and he has another chance, Bhutto is making the most of it.

Mets starting pitcher Jose Butt reacted on his way to the dugout in the bottom of the sixth inning against the Royals. AP

The 26-year-old right-hander made his second appearance with the Mets this season, as Butt pitched six scoreless innings, struck out a career-high nine batters, and won 2-1 against Kansas City in the City on Sunday. He once again had great results as a starter. field.

Coach Carlos Mendoza said of Butt, “He’ll get another chance,” but Chiga is still not close to returning. “He’s going to continue to get the ball. He’s going to get opportunities and it’s good to see someone step up and take advantage of it.”

On the day the Mets retired No. 16 in honor of Dwight Gooden, Butt went out and struck out the side in order in the top of the first inning.

He allowed just two hits, including a leadoff double to Salvador Perez in the second inning and a two-out double to Bobby Witt Jr. in the sixth inning.

“I have a lot of confidence now,” Bhutto said. “I just have to keep working.”

It was that mentality that stood out to Mendoza after Buto lost to Megill in spring training and was sent to Triple-A Syracuse.

“He came into camp ready to fight,” Mendoza said. “From our first conversation, he knew there was competition and threw the ball really well.”

That hasn’t changed since the beginning, and in the second game of a doubleheader against the Tigers on April 4, when he started for the Mets, he appeared as the 27th man and allowed only one run in six innings. See you on Sunday.

Jose Buto pitches against Kansas City.
Jose Buto pitches against Kansas City. AP

“He’s not scared, he’s not scared,” Mendoza said. “He’s going to attack the batter.”

Buto also pitched well in the final month of last season and in spring training, but was impressed with Mendoza’s mentality after he was sent back to the minors.

“He wasn’t able to deal with adversity and get the team out of spring training, so he kept his head down and kept working and waited his turn and that’s what he’s doing,” Mendoza said. “Here he is.”

Butt outperformed other experienced arms in the rotation, outperforming Sean Manaea, Luis Severino, Jose Quintana, Adrian Hauser, and even Julio Teheran.

Harrison Bader, who hit the Mets’ game-winning hit in the eighth inning, said he noticed Butt’s “calmness” during their brief time together, and Mendoza liked Butt’s ability to get back in the count after falling behind Sunday. said.

“I just want to prove I can do my job and be ready if the opportunity arises.” [and] Please stay healthy,” Bhutto said.