Can the Mets find any new relievers they can trust?
Maybe not as positive of an outcome as the other two on this list, I do want to see if this team can find any relief help. Will they stumble into finding the next Seth Lugo or Robert Gsellman circa past seasons?
The Mets have used an abundance of pitchers this year. Just as I’m ready to declare them as effective or some other similar term, they take a turn for the worst. Like clockwork, every reliever the Mets seem to put on the mound fails in dramatic fashion.
There have been a few more consistent relievers this year. At the risk of jinxing some, I will credit Wilmer Font for the job he has done in relief. He’s clearly not a starter, but as a multi-inning option, he has routinely gotten the job done. He’s one of the more experienced arms the Mets would really like to get a lot from for the rest of this year and beyond.
Chris Flexen is another reliever we should watch. His struggles in the big leagues extend over multiple seasons. However, as a still relatively young pitcher, we can hope this is an opportunity for him to figure things out.
Most important of all, the Mets need to get their core relievers healthy and on track. We need to see a perfect finish from Edwin Diaz. Jeurys Familia needs to get on the mound and have a phenomenal second half. And what about Justin Wilson? What can he give this team? The Mets need his left-handed arm in their bullpen.
If the Mets can find just one more reliever this year in the chaos, they can at least come away with something positive. The bullpen lost them multiple games. From those ashes, at least one good thing must arise. Is there anyone out there?
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