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3 biggest Opening Day roster questions

Mar 19, 2022; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets manager Buck Showalter talks to reporters
Mar 19, 2022; West Palm Beach, Florida, USA; New York Mets manager Buck Showalter talks to reporters / Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
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Who will be on the New York Mets Opening Day roster? There’s not much of a question. The team is and has been set for pretty much most of the offseason. The chances of the club even trading a player away looks slimmer yet not impossible.

The Mets have a strong team from top to bottom with very few questions about who will be on the Opening Day roster. However, with injuries likely to occur between now and game number one, things will change.

At the moment, these are the three biggest questions for the Mets Opening Day roster.

Will Mets starting pitchers Carlos Carrasco and Taijuan Walker both be ready for Opening Day?

Taijuan Walker is unsure if he’ll be ready for Opening Day which probably means he won’t be. We’re a lot closer to it than you may realize. In less than a month, games count! The same is true for Carlos Carrasco although he seems to be a little closer but who knows?

Knee surgery is what may prevent Walker from opening the season with the Mets while it’s the same for Carrasco’s elbow. The injuries will push us toward another important question: who replaces them?

There are really only two options to go with. Tylor Megill stunned us briefly in 2021 with his starting pitching performance. A year earlier, David Peterson did the same. The two could each get an Opening Day roster spot if both are available. But what if there is only one?

Chances are, Megill will get the nod. Peterson is coming off of an injury of his own. Megill managed to battle through the second half of the 2021 season and stay healthy for the Mets along the way. If one pitcher isn’t ready to go, expect it to be Megill who ends up with the ball in game number five—or even four if something else goes awry.