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Mets players who could earn bigger roles for next year’s team

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Andres Gimenez #60 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 14, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 14: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Andres Gimenez #60 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 14, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JULY 22: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Drew Smith #62 of the New York Mets in action during an intra squad game at Citi Field on July 22, 2020 in New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Drew Smith

Good relief pitching is hard to find. It’s a fact all Mets fans will agree on. Fortunately, Drew Smith may turn into one of those bullpen aides we’ve been waiting for.

Smith is getting chances to pitch for the Mets in 2020 and should add himself into the mix for an equal or bigger role next year. After missing all of 2019 due to injury, he has found himself back with the big league club for 2020 and in some big early innings.

Finding your way into the Mets’ bullpen isn’t the hardest task. Based on the results, all one must do is get odds consistently.

It’s easier said than done. Just ask anyone who has warmed up in the home bullpen at Citi Field over the last few years.

At 26-years-old this season, Smith is still a relatively young pitcher. He’s not a prospect anymore but has age on his side as far as a future goes.

The Mets desperately need to grow a few pitchers out of their minor league system and watch them turn into solid big league arms. I don’t foresee Smith becoming a closer candidate or even a setup man right out of the gate next year. A favorable performance in 2020 can, however, secure him a spot on the Opening Day roster with potential for growth.

Smith still has a lot to show before anyone can trust him. Can you blame Mets fans? After the last three seasons, it has become increasingly hard to watch the starter exit the mound.

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