2) The Mets bullpen has few sure things
An anatomy class isn’t necessary to find the Achilles heel on this roster. The Mets bullpen is unquestionably the biggest weakness at the moment. Even if you don’t have a concern about Edwin Diaz and believe Brooks Raley will pitch well again, there are six other spots where there should be some major doubts.
Keeping Drew Smith is a wise decision, but he remains in a more elevated spot in the bullpen at the moment. After last year, he needed to move down the depth chart. The Michael Tonkin signing feels like a bargain at only $1 million. He’ll be able to eat up some quality innings and keep the Mets in games. Even the Yohan Ramirez trade addition with the Chicago White Sox should be applauded.
The problem is that Smith, Tonkin, and Ramirez should probably be the three relievers we have the most questions with. Hardly. Compared to the rest of the relief corps, they feel like three of the most trustworthy.
Jorge Lopez is a worthy gamble at the price. Where the Mets bullpen really falls off is with players like Sean Reid-Foley, Austin Adams, and Phil Bickford. Guys who’ve pitched in the league without much consistent success can find their way into the bullpen. They shouldn’t take up nearly half of it.
Severino can win a Cy Young, Bader can grab a Gold Glove, and the rest of the Mets additions they make can click. Troubling thoughts about the bullpen will remain.