The New York Mets bullpen was a major weakness in 2018. How will it look when the 2019 season begins?
The New York Mets had many problems in 2018 after a stellar start to the season. One of those problems was their bullpen.
The relief corp put together a season ERA of 4.96, which was the third worse in all of MLB. They also allowed a total of 548 hits in 546.1 innings pitched and when it’s late in the game and you are trying to keep runs off the board, the last thing you want to do is average a hit per inning.
Over the past couple of years, it seems like a strong bullpen is needed to be able to contend with the best. The Mets can benefit from having a strong bullpen to separate themselves in what should be a competitive NL East.
With spring training fastly approaching numerous arms will show up to camp ready to win a job in the bullpen. With the recent addition of All-Star closer Edwin Diaz and the returning Jeurys Familia it seems like the Mets have limited openings in their pen.
Also, it’s hard to imagine Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo won’t be guaranteed a spot due to their success and flexibility and with many options from last year still around it should be a very competitive spring.
With four spots taken and with three probable spots still remaining here is a projection of the Mets 2019 bullpen and how each may perform.