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New York Mets Opening Day bullpen predictions for 2019

By Jose Rivera
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Daniel Zamora

The 25-year old lefty had a small sample size for the Mets in 2018 but showed some good signs of being a reliable lefty specialist for the Mets in 2019. Drafted in the 40th round of the 2015 draft by the Pittsburgh Pirates, he was acquired in a trade for former Met Josh Smoker.

While with Double-A Binghamton, Zamora opened some eyes as he was able to go 1-1 with a 3.48 ERA. He only allowed 16 walks in 51.2 innings pitched and struck out 69 batters. He also held batters to a .197 batting average and had a WHIP of 1.03.

With the Mets having a vacancy currently for a lefty specialist, Zamora could be the guy to take the role if he could build upon his impressive stint with the club. He will most likely have a chance to win the job in spring training and if he doesn’t the Mets will most likely send him to Triple-A Syracuse where it won’t be long until he is in the Majors again.

Zamora only appeared in 16 games with the Mets but in 9 innings pitched he went 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA. He also struck out 16 batters and held them to an average of .194, but what was a good sign was what he did against lefties. He held lefties to a .222 BA and righties to a .154 BA.

Since he’ll most likely be called upon to face lefties it’s a good sign he can take on the role and any lefty who can get right-handed batters out too is a major plus.