The Biggest Need for New York Mets to Fill Heading Into 2020

Justin Rimpi

The New York Mets have many areas of concerns this off season, but one issue stands above the rest as one the team must rectify before Opening Day 2020 rolls around.

All throughout the 2019 season, former Mets manager Mickey Callaway, struggled to find a viable option to close out wins for the team. The Mets were 25th in the league in bullpen ERA in 2019 with a 4.95 mark.

Marquee acquisitions Jeurys Familia and Edwin Diaz were a liability for the Mets for major parts of last season. This led to Callaway having to mix-and-match- bullpen pieces in order to send the Mets home with a victory.

The Mets had 27 blown saves in 2019 which was only four behind the league-leading Boston Red Sox in that dubious category.

DIiaz had seven blown saves last season, and this caused him to be in a platoon for the closer role late in the season as the team made their playoff push.

If the Mets want to contend in 2020, and beyond, General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen must address the club's biggest hole. 

It is a dangerous proposition for the team to bet on Diaz being able to regain his All-Star form in 2020, and the performance by Familia last season should not have instilled any confidence that he is equipped to take over that role if Diaz were to falter once again. In 70 innings of work Familia registered disastrous 5.70 ERA. 

It was clear last season the Mets must bring in at least one bullpen piece to help improve the unit. The playe's on the roster cannot be counted on to be consistent enough performers.

Two pitchers in particular that would make sense for the Mets to bring into the fold this off season are: Sergio Romo and Steve Cishek. Both of these men have proven throughout their major league tenures they can be counted on deliver late in games for their team.

Romo recorded 20 saves last season for both the Miami Marlins and Minnesota Twins, and was a crucial cog on all three of the San Francisco Giants World Series winning teams in 2010, 2012, and 2014. Romo would provide the back end of the Mets bullpen with a proven commodity and will take some of the pressure off first-year manager Carlos Beltrán about having to constantly worry about if his bullpen can be counted on to deliver each and every night.

Another great free agent option for the Mets would be Steve Cishek. The Mets know all too well how lethal Cishek can be late in games. Cishek was on the N.L. East rival Miami Marlins from 2010-2015.  

For example, in 2014 Cishek clamped down on the Mets bats all season. He had a 2.35 ERA against the "Amazin's' that season and recorded five saves against the team.

Regardless of who the Mets sign to strengthen their bullpen, it is an area of concern that must be addressed before the 2020 season begins.

If the Mets once again head into a season with a sub-par bullpen, the team will only be able to go as far as this unit will be able to take them.

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