Ramos will team up with Jerry Blevins next year to set-up Familia. The team has already said that despite there being interest in Blevins, he won’t be going anywhere. This will make both Ramos and Blevins integral pieces to the Mets bullpen next year.
And honestly, they will likely be the most trusted arms in the bullpen as well, unless others can shape up. Blevins does need to work on his walk rate. Right now, he’s tied for a career worst (4.4 per nine). Despite this, he still more than not is able to get the job done.
Probably not, at least in the case of Robles. Coming into the 2017 season I had written that Robles would be the player most likely to surprise, as he had to step up his game as Familia was out serving his suspension. But… he hasn’t really. At least he hadn’t really before being sent back down to the minors. Since he has been back up, he hasn’t been too horrible, but there’s definitely a lot of room for improvement.
Meanwhile, in terms of Smoker, we know that he has it in him. We have seen his stuff both in the minors and in the majors. His arsenal includes fastballs that touch 98 MPH and a splitter and slider that are both above average. We’ve seen him use them successfully, and he just needs to get back to that.
Not to forget him, Paul Sewald has been pretty consistent so far this season, and that should continue on to next season as well. And there’s Drew Smith, who the Mets recently acquired from the Rays for Lucas Duda. He has the potential to be called up in September, and will hopefully be a reliable arm to have in the bullpen.