What do the Mets bench and bullpen look like?
The bench depends on who you’re starting. Likely, the four-man band will have Davis and Smith (or Robinson Cano) on it along with Tomas Nido and Luis Guillorme. No surprises here!
The bullpen will, realistically, have only one open spot. It’s the lefty reliever position that we have to question until the team actually makes a bigger move.
The Opening Day roster is pretty clear cut. But with unforeseen injuries, we can ask one other question: who’s next in line?
If the Mets need an outfielder, Khalil Lee or Nick Plummer should get a roster spot. I’d favor Lee because the organization is already familiar with him. Newcomer Travis Jankowski is another option but I’m partial to the potential of the younger guys. The infield would have Travis Blankenhorn receive a promotion. He’s versatile which gives him a nice advantage over many other options. Another newcomer to the organization, Tzu-Wei Lin, could find his way onto the 40-man roster at some point. A lefty-hitter like Blankenhorn, I don’t see much of a difference between the two.
An injury in the bullpen could result in an appearance from Yennsy Diaz, Jake Reed, Sean Reid-Foley, or Jordan Yamamoto. It would probably depend on who got hurt. Reed is the only “true reliever” of this group. The others are former starters who can give the Mets length in relief.
You can fill out the rest of the Mets roster with all of the names you’re already familiar with. But beware, hamstrings can tighten up and suitcases can close on fingertips. Weird things always seem to happen before Opening Day. The Mets are not immune.