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Mets Predictions: 3 preseason expectations I was completely wrong about

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets walks off with his teammates after a benches clearing incident between Smith and Jose Alvarado #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 30: Dominic Smith #2 of the New York Mets walks off with his teammates after a benches clearing incident between Smith and Jose Alvarado #46 of the Philadelphia Phillies during the eighth inning of a game at Citizens Bank Park on April 30, 2021 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Phillies defeated the Mets 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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Apr 27, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets pitcher Trevor May (65) at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Mets have played enough baseball this season for us to know how close or far we were with our preseason predictions. Nobody bats 1.000 with them. Otherwise, why even play the games?

So far, we’ve seen a much different team than expected. Some of it has been good. Other aspects have been bad.

Although I didn’t make any formal predictions for the season I can look back at and make fun of myself over, I am willing to admit how wrong I am at these three Mets predictions I had going into the 2021 season. There’s time for a 180-degree turn on any of them. Thus far, I’m eating a big serving of crow with a side of egg on the face.

The Mets bullpen is actually good

Please tell me I’m not the only one to think the Mets bullpen would be mediocre at best. Certainly still not completely trustworthy, the relievers have performed well—for the most part.

Imperfect with some of the roster spots, the Mets bullpen has been solid. Edwin Diaz looks like the top-flight closer the team thought he would be. The team is getting some big innings from Trevor May, Aaron Loup, and Miguel Castro as well.

Even Jeurys Familia, a guy I don’t think any of us will ever truly trust, is preventing runs from crossing the plate. What is going on with this team? The bullpen was supposed to be only slightly better, not an actual weapon.

I don’t think anyone is ready to put a lot of faith in the team’s relievers just yet. However, they have done well even without Seth Lugo around. If they can maintain this for a full year, the Mets may have a serious shot at going deep.

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