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Predicting what the Mets roster would look like if the season started tomorrow

Jul 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA;  New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9)
Jul 17, 2021; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; New York Mets center fielder Brandon Nimmo (9) / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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The New York Mets have had an outstanding offseason. They signed Mark Canha, Eduardo Escobar, and Starling Marte to help improve a lineup that was towards the bottom in all of baseball in runs per game. They also signed Max Scherzer to improve a rotation that fell apart to end the season.

There is still work to be done with this roster. I believe the Mets could use another starting pitcher to round out the rotation. I believe the Mets could use a couple of relievers, especially another lefty, to complete the bullpen. I believe the Mets could even use another bat to help bolster this lineup even more.

If the season started tomorrow, what would the Mets 26-man roster look like?

Starting rotation

As constructed, the top four of the rotation seems set. Jacob deGrom is the best pitcher in the game, and the best player on this team. He's the ace of this staff, no questions asked.

Max Scherzer is arguably the second-best pitcher in the game. He's undoubtedly top five. He slots in beautifully behind deGrom forming one of the more formidable tops of a rotation we've ever seen.

I think arguments can be made as to who the number three starter is, whether its Carlos Carrasco or Taijuan Walker. I lean Carrasco because I believe when fully healthy he's proven to be a really reliable rotation arm and Walker's second half showed me that he can be, but isn't there yet.

1) Jacob deGrom
2) Max Scherzer
3) Carlos Carrasco
4) Taijuan Walker
5) Tylor Megill

The fifth starter job is up for grabs. Ideally, the Mets sign or trade for another arm just for added depth and to make this rotation that much better.

I believe that as constructed, the fifth spot is up for grabs between Tylor Megill and David Peterson. I tend to lean Megill's way. Through his first 11 starts as a Met after making only three starts in AAA, he went 1-2 with a 3.21 ERA. He struck out 60 batters in 56 innings pitched. He stumbled down the stretch, but I believe that his potential is much higher than Peterson's.

Peterson was handed a rotation spot this past season and struggled. He posted a 5.44 ERA in 15 starts and looked like a different pitcher. In 2020 he seemed to get out of jams that he couldn't get out of last season. His walks are a big problem (3.9 BB/9) and his home runs saw a large spike as well (1.5 HR/9). Peterson would be more useful in AAA or in the bullpen but is a solid depth option if needed in the rotation.

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