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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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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 03: Jeff McNeil #6 of the New York Mets celebrates a home run with Michael Conforto #30 during a baseball game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 3, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Mets 26-man position player predictions

Something major will happen in order for any change to the expected starting eight. Adding a DH to the National League would alter things. So would an injury. Or a late winter/early spring trade.

Barring some kind of major catastrophe or transaction, the starting eight is easy to predict. Adrian, Mason, and Zach all added in the same guys:

14) Brandon Nimmo
15) Jeff McNeil
16) Francisco Lindor
17) Michael Conforto
18) Pete Alonso
19) Dominic Smith
20) J.D. Davis
21) James McCann

This brings us to the final piece of the roster, the bench. In a typical year, this is where we see a lot of battling. Rookies and veterans battle it out with each other and amongst themselves for a spot on the roster.

In spring 2021, there’s a different feel. The Mets added multiple players this offseason to the organization and there doesn’t appear to be much movement available. All three of the Rising Apple writers I asked to predict the bench came back with the same answer:

22) Tomas Nido
23) Jonathan Villar
24) Luis Guillorme
25) Kevin Pillar
26) Albert Almora Jr.

The only debate to make here would be to possibly replace Almora Jr. with Jose Martinez. I don’t think it’ll happen.

It goes without saying—so here’s me saying it anyway—something will happen this spring to throw a wrench in the Mets’ plans. No team gets through spring training unscathed.

If they can, the Mets Opening Day roster should closely resemble this:

1) Jacob deGrom
2) Carlos Carrasco
3) Marcus Stroman
4) Taijuan Walker
5) David Peterson
6) Edwin Diaz
7) Dellin Betances
8) Jeurys Familia
9) Miguel Castro
10) Trevor May
11) Aaron Loup
12) Robert Gsellman
13) Joey Lucchesi or Jerry Blevins
14) Brandon Nimmo
15) Jeff McNeil
16) Francisco Lindor
17) Michael Conforto
18) Pete Alonso
19) Dominic Smith
20) J.D. Davis
21) James McCann
22) Tomas Nido
23) Jonathan Villar
24) Luis Guillorme
25) Kevin Pillar
26) Albert Almora Jr.

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