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Mets 26-man roster predictions: Who opens the season with the Amazins?

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) A general view during the national anthem prior to the Opening Day game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 04, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 04: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) A general view during the national anthem prior to the Opening Day game between the New York Mets and the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 04, 2019 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 16: Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets throws a pitch against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park on September 16, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Mets beat the Phillies 5-4. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

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.

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