Mets 26-man bullpen predictions
The bullpen is one aspect of the Mets Opening Day roster open for lots of debate. It might not include a lot of names, but there is at least a spot or two I could see someone arguing in favor or against an arm.
The club, unfortunately, doesn’t have too many guys with minor league options. This means several contenders may be cut before Opening Day. Others, like the ones getting paid some bigger bucks, are stuck with the club as they begin the year.
Solid relief pitching can be the difference between a successful Mets campaign and an absolute failure. How they open the year won’t factor much into the end result as they can always change things up along the way.
When the season opens, these are the arms my three predictors claim will be members of the Mets:
6) Edwin Diaz
7) Dellin Betances
8) Jeurys Familia
9) Miguel Castro
10) Trevor May
11) Aaron Loup
12) Robert Gsellman
Only one spot came up for debate. Will the Mets carry Lucchesi on their Opening Day roster as a reliever or go with Jerry Blevins?
Zach and Mason predict it will be Lucchesi in the bullpen to begin the year with Adrian going to the beat of his own drum, putting in ink that he thinks Jerry Blevins gets the job.
Perhaps the only other spot in the bullpen up for debate is Robert Gsellman. I think there’s a strong chance we see him buried in Triple-A to begin the season. However, with Seth Lugo out, Gsellman may become the club’s long-man.
Injuries are going to happen so let’s not write any of these predictions in stone quite yet. As it stands, the 13th warrior on the Mets Opening Day roster in 2021 will be one of two:
13) Joey Lucchesi or Jerry Blevins
Between the two, I think Lucchesi is the man the Mets go with.