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Mets: Three under the radar starting pitchers that can help in 2020

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the eighth inning of game five of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Kenta Maeda #18 of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitches in the eighth inning of game five of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets will need at least one more starting pitcher for the roster in 2020. Assuming they don’t go with a big-name arm, they should consider these three more under the radar pitchers for the Opening Day roster.

As the New York Mets look to build their roster for 2020, one area that definitely needs some improving is their starting pitching depth. As we see every year there is always the need for pitchers to make spot starts when rainouts and doubleheaders occur or when a starting pitcher falls ill or has a minor injury that makes them have to miss a start or two.

Also just in case one of our starting pitchers suffers a major injury we need to have some arms ready to fill in and provide some solid innings.

The group we had that provided starting pitching depth in 2019 including Wilmer Font (3 starts, 4.94 ERA), Walker Lockett (4 starts, 8.34 ERA) and Chris Flexen (1 start, 6.59 ERA) didn’t really get the job done.

So yes, one of our strengths going into 2020 is our starting pitching staff with Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Marcus Stroman, and let’s see what happens with Zack Wheeler. I do hope we re-sign Wheeler, but it is looking more likely that he will be elsewhere in 2020.

So instead of moving Seth Lugo and/or Robert Gsellman from the bullpen to the starting rotation, let’s keep them in the bullpen and look to sign or trade for some starting pitching depth for 2020.

With this plan in place, the Mets would need at least one more starting pitcher. Under the assumption it won’t be Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, or any other incredibly high-profile arm, I’ve narrowed the search down to three more under the radar starters for the Mets to consider.

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