The New York Mets added Michael Wacha, Rick Porcello, and Dellin Betances to their pitching staff this offseason; joining a set of already motivated players to win in 2020.
The New York Mets relief corps is shaping up to see the return of Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Justin Wilson, Brad Brach, and Robert Gsellman; with the possibility of either Steven Matz or Michael Wacha being bumped from a starting job, Drew Smith, Paul Sewald, Tyler Bashlor, and/or Daniel Zamora to join them in the bullpen.
So, it seems for the second offseason in a row, the Mets bullpen could turn out to be one of the best in the National League.
Bearing in mind that last year’s squad had also been billed in a similar fashion, and finished 25th in ERA (4.95) and blown saves (27) last season; failing to live up to the 2019 preseason hype.
However, following the additions of Michael Wacha, Rick Porcello, and Dellin Betances, it certainly seems feasible that this group of player can experience more success than last year’s squad, which would provide their new coaching staff with a higher level of reliability in late-inning jams that last year’s crew lacked under Mickey Callaway.
Granted, that is not to provide any sort of excuse for the former skipper’s managing style and disappointing end-result of his short two-year stint with the club. However, it is a sizeable favor for the Mets new manager, Luis Rojas, and his incoming staff. One that will hopefully give him all the help he can get in his first season managing in the MLB.
With that being said, here’s what to expect from the Mets new additions this spring and how Wacha, Porcello, and Betances will perform in orange and blue going forward on their one-year deals.