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Mets Report Card: Grading the pitching staff as it currently stands

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on June 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JUNE 28: Jacob deGrom #48 of the New York Mets pitches in the second inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on June 28, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 04: Justin Wilson #38 of the New York Mets waits to throw to a Washington Nationals batter in the ninth inning at Nationals Park on September 04, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Bullpen

The 2020 Mets bullpen has more questions surrounding it than answers. Like the starting rotation, it has the potential to be very good with guys like Seth Lugo, Dellin Betances, and Justin Wilson in it.

Lugo was the most dependable arm out of the bullpen last season and despite his wishes to move to the starting rotation, he will most likely stay put and be the leader of the pen. When Dellin Betances was healthy, he was one of the most dominant relief pitchers in baseball.

Betances missed nearly all of 2019 with a partially torn Achilles and shoulder impingement so it is hard to tell what the Mets will get out of him in 2020. He should be ready to go for Spring Training and can be the dominant late-inning reliever the Mets desperately need, but it may be better to wait and see how he performs before we project him to be as good as he was before the injuries.

Wilson will be a good lefty arm available to new manager Carlos Beltran and Gsellman should be an innings eater. And then there’s Edwin Diaz and Jeurys Familia. Two pitchers with electric repertoires but dreadful seasons last year.

Diaz pitched to a 2-7 record with seven blown saves and a 5.59 ERA while Familia pitched to a 5.70 ERA and walked 42 batters in 60 IP. The Mets are hoping for bounce-back seasons out of these two and having Edwin Diaz perform like he did when he was in Seattle would be a huge boost.

On paper, the Mets bullpen is very good and is a vast improvement from last year, but players need to bounce back from both injuries and poor seasons in order for it to be successful.

Bullpen Grade: B-

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