CBS Sportsline shows this little blurb on Heilman. I'm a Heilman owner in my points league so this info was on my homepage.
Aaron Heilman, RP NYM
News: Mets rookie Brian Bannister (hamstring) scored the go-ahead run Wednesday in the top of the sixth but strained his right hamstring. He left the game with the lead, but didn't factor in the decision. The Mets say Bannister will travel with the team to Atlanta and be re-evaluated this weekend. It looks like he won't be able to make his start Tuesday vs. Washington at this point, which could be filled by Aaron Heilman, who came on to blow Bannister's win in relief.
Analysis: Bannister's two-start week could go to Heilman now. We say Bannister hits the 15-day DL. Take a flier on Heilman in any league in which he is available and you have reserves. The two starts could prove a coup.
This is only CBS' take and just a rumor now so I really don't know if that's the route the Mets will take but if they do, there's a real nice spot starter for everyone. I'm a big Heilman fan so I was glad to hear this. If he gets the start, I wouldn't expect him to throw a lot of innings right off the bat since he's coming out of the bullpen but for you roto guys...that could mean you won't have to burn IP in your hopes to get a win.
According to the news the Mets will probably call a pitcher up from AAA to replace Bannister if it comes to that rather than but Heilman in the rotation. Apparently management is happy with the bullpen the way it is.
How depressing. I'm a Heilman fan/owner too. I might put him in for a week anyway..with all this he might still see some extra play time, and its not like he could do any more damage than Doug Davis has to me lately!
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I have Heilman on my roster too and i actually use him in my starting lineup. i would rather have a week of his 5 ip, 0.00 era, 1.000 whip and 5 k's over a scrub starter that i have to hope just doesnt get bombed just to fill a starting spot. i live in NYC and i follow the mets and i just feel they need to tweak their team a bit to get better. beltran should bat 2nd and heilman should be starting and bannister should be in the pen.
The issue with Heilman not being in the starting rotation has nothing to do with the Mets believing that he is not good enough to be a starter. Plain and simple, they need him in the bullpen where he has been a very strong late inning to bridge to the closer both this year and last year. Bannister getting the nod in the starting rotation to begin with was mainly due to his complete lack of experience as a reliever whereas Heilman was already proven in the bullpen. Even now with Bannister hurt, the Mets probably won't put Heilman into the rotation because they have no one to fill his role in the bullpen at the moment. That said, the Mets also have fairly terrible call-up options to replace Bannister in the starting rotation such as Jose Lima.
Also, for what it's worth, you will never see starters such as Brian Bannister or Victor Zambrano get sent to the bullpen because their WHIP is terrible. You can't have a relief pitcher who walks that many guys. This is what led to Heilman with his lower WHIP (last year...this year it's not been so good) going to the bullpen to begin with last year even though both Zambrano and Kaz Ishii were doing worse in the starting rotation.
No way do they move Heilman to the rotation. Well, I may end up eating my words because Willie Randolph is a moron, but it would be unwise to weaken the bullpen by moving Heilman to the rotation unless Bannister misses SUBSTANTIAL time.
If Zambrano still pitching in the rotation is any indication of the Mets' insistance on sticking with trades, no matter how bad, I think the Benson trade will make Maine the likely option -- in the short term at least. Not to mention the fact that Maine is already on the 40-man roster, unlike Lima, and is on schedule to pitch on regular rest in Bannister's stead.