Projecting the Mets’ Opening Day roster

By Danny Abriano
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Aug 8, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; New York Mets relief pitcher Jenrry Mejia (58) throws a pitch in the ninth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets defeated the Phillies, 5-4. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

The bullpen is pretty much set, with perhaps four or five pitchers battling for the last spot.

Here’s how things should shake out…


Jenrry Mejia, who will likely be back in the role at the start of the season. Terry Collins has said it won’t necessarily be Mejia, but it’s a safe bet that it will be – at least until Bobby Parnell is ready to return (perhaps as early as late-April).


Jeurys Familia, who had a tremendous rookie campaign in 2014 and possesses the stuff to be a closer.


Vic Black, who still needs to cut down his walks, but whose 2014 was very promising.

Middle innings:

This will be the only spot up for grabs during Spring Training, and the guess is that it will go to Rafael Montero. Other pitchers competing for the final spot in the bullpen should include Cory Mazzoni and Erik Goeddel.

Middle innings/Long man:

Carlos Torres, whose versatility is extremely valuable.

Lefty situational:

Josh Edgin, who was very good in 2014 but still needs to put together a complete season.

Lefty situational:

Sean Gilmartin, taken by the Mets in the Rule 5 Draft. Gilmartin has mostly been used as a starter, but his lefty/righty splits make him a near-perfect fit for situational relief.

Next: The Projected Bench