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New York Mets Opening Day bullpen predictions for 2019

By Jose Rivera
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Drew Smith

Drew Smith was one of the many young relievers the Mets called up last year from Triple-A Las Vegas as they constantly needed help filling injured roster spots. Smith was acquired back in 2017 from the Tampa Bay Rays when the Mets traded Lucas Duda. After a stint with the Mets pen for about a month, Smith would be called up again in July and stay with the team for what was an impressive stint.

Smith should be a lock to be in the bullpen as he was one of the more dependable pitchers for the Mets down the stretch. WIth many names being called up back and forth Smith became one of the main constants on the roster and pitched as he belonged. He finished the season with a record of 1-1 and an ERA of 3.54.

Although opponents hit over .300 off of Smith, there are reasons to like the 25-year old righty. In Triple-A last year Smith put together a strong season with an ERA of 2.76. In 32.2 innings pitched he issued 12 walks and struck out 30 batters and held opponents to an average of .226.

Although he may not have seemed like a lights-out pitcher last season, Smith is one of those guys that you have to look at deeper than what his numbers show. He can be a consistent right-handed pitcher the Mets can use before dipping into their big guns in the later innings.

Smith should be a favorite going into camp to walk out with a bullpen role.