Should the Mets have added another high-leverage reliever?
Chances are we will see a part of the Mets bullpen on Opening Day. A complete game is rare to begin the year. Although one could logically say it’s the best time, it’s actually the worst. There is absolutely no need to make your starting pitcher break out into a sweat.
Given my prediction of Megill leaving a little earlier than a baseball traditionalist might like, one can conclude that more than one member of the bullpen shows up. At least one of those guys will have a rocky outing. My gut tells me it’s Joely Rodriguez or Adam Ottavino.
In the first game of the season last year, it was newcomer Trevor May who gave up a pair of earned runs plus another unearned one in the eighth inning. Then, as you would never guess, superstar lefty Aaron Loup gave up two more unearned runs while blowing the save in his Mets debut.
Something tells me the bullpen is imperfect again this year but not to the same extent as it was last year. Buck Showalter will have to make a quick decision and know when the right time to pull him will be.
My prediction for the Mets bullpen: an unimpressive debut from Ottavino. The rest of the bullpen is lights out.