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3 September Call-Ups Mets Need to Make to Grab Wild Card Spot

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 28:  Corey Oswalt #55 of the New York Mets pitches during the second inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 28, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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After spending most of the year in the doldrums of under-performance, the Mets are 61-57.

They've gone 23-10 since the start of July and are on the cusp of a Wild Card spot. But, if they want to close that one-game gap between them and the playoffs, then they need to promote these three guys during September call-ups.

3. Drew Gagnon

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 30:  Drew Gagnon #47 of the New York Mets tries to pick the runner off at first in the 10th inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field on April 30, 2019 in Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds 4-3 in 10 innings. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The Mets' bullpen crisis has been well documented this year. The relief core has struggled to put out fires late, but Gagnon could remedy that situation. He's sporting a 2.15 ERA in Triple-A as a starter, and though the rotation is set, he could provide plenty of quality innings late in close games. He struggled in his brief time in the MLB this year, but that shouldn't be a deterrent for the Mets.

2. Corey Oswalt

WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 22: Corey Oswalt #55 of the New York Mets pitches against the Washington Nationals during the first inning at Nationals Park on September 22, 2018 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
New York Mets v Washington Nationals | Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Oswalt, like Gagnon, has had a quality year in Triple-A Syracuse. He's put up a 3.39 ERA and logged 64 strikeouts in 63 2/3 innings of work. A starter by trade, he too could give the Mets some length in the bullpen or act as a spot starter if need be in the rotation. Quality relief pitching has been hard to come by in Queens this year, but he could be the answer to Mets' woes.

1. Arismendy Alcantara

PHOENIX, AZ - JULY 09:  Infielder Arismendy Alcantara #30 of the Cincinnati Reds in action during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 9, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Reds defeated the Diamondbacks 2-1.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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With Robinson Cano out for the year and Joe Panik struggling to provide some pop at the plate, Alcantara would be the perfect guy to insert into the lineup. The former top prospect has had a breakout year in Triple-A, slashing .303/.364/.528 with 10 home runs in 72 games with Syracuse. If the Mets want to find some offensive production at second base, then he's the guy to bring up.