In his first month and a half in the majors, Scott Rice has proven to be a reliable arm in the bullpen for Terry Collins. He continued his success Sunday, tossing two critical scoreless innings effort to earn his second career win in the Mets’ 4-3 victory over the Cubs.

But that was his 25th appearance in 40 games this season. The left-hander is on pace to pitch in 99 games, which would break the Mets' franchise record. Eventually, Collins knows, the strenuous workload will provide trouble down the road if it continues.

“It’s going to be,” the manager said when asked if Rice’s workload is a concern. “Right now it’s early enough in the year. We’ve tried to get him some days off. But he keeps pitching four out of five, it’s got to be a concern. We’ve got to certainly pick up some of the workload with somebody else.”