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Five Mets storylines we should expect to see during the 2020 season

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Robinson Cano #24 and Amed Rosario #1 of the New York Mets react to fans during their game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 25: Robinson Cano #24 and Amed Rosario #1 of the New York Mets react to fans during their game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 25, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough in New York City. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)
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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI – AUGUST 16: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets throws in the eighth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on August 16, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Can the bullpen stay this hot?

I’m not jumping to a conclusion. At some point in 2020, the Mets bullpen is going to look amazing. It might be for a month. It may only last a week. Heck, after last year, an inning should get us thrilled.

There’s going to come a time in 2020 when the relievers are getting everyone out. It happened at times in 2019. And it happens with all bullpens no matter how poorly constructed they are. When it occurs with the Mets, we’re going to ask if the good times are going to continue rolling.

The Mets have some specific players we’ll look at when it comes to success. Edwin Diaz is the guy the team must see excel. This is especially true if he remains the closer.

A similar sentiment can be said about Jeurys Familia. The team’s former closer who rejoined them last winter with the idea of using him as a setup man was possibly even worse than Diaz in 2019. Because of his big contract, getting something out of him is a necessity.

Then there are those other guys. They have a variety of names. The results are often the same.

For three years, the Mets bullpen has included clones of poor performing relievers best suited for a lifetime at Triple-A. Due to injury, the team’s lack of foresight into finding better options, and because the men they thought they could depend upon didn’t live up to the expectations, these Four-A relievers have seen plenty of action.

During the 2020 season, one of these guys may impress us. He may be 22-years-old. He may have his 30th birthday coming up soon. We’re going to ask ourselves if the guy is for real and if the rest of the bullpen can get the job done as well.

Then the inevitable happens and his ERA goes up to 6.00.

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