One way the Mets hope improve on what was a horrible pitching staff in 2017 is to limit starters not named Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom to only two times through the lineup according to Marc Carig of Newsday.
This means the Mets are likely to carry an eight-man bullpen as they did for a good portion of the 2017 season. In order for that to have a chance to be successful though, the Mets will have to add a few quality relievers from the strong free agent market.
Mets starters struggled severely in 2017 with a 5.14 ERA, the worst in franchise history and ranked them 27th in baseball. They also had a number of starters hit the disabled list including Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Seth Lugo, Robert Gsellman and Steven Matz.
Mike Puma of the New York Post recently mentioned Bryan Shaw, Matt Albers, Brandon Morrow, Luke Gregerson, Brandon Kintzler, Mike Minor and Addison Reed as relievers that could interest the Mets as they look to improve their bullpen.
For what it’s worth, the Mets had a 7.21 ERA the third time through the order in 2017, which ranked 29th in the majors. Seth Lugo was the worst offender in that category with a 9.90 ERA the third time through the order ranking him 138th out of 140 starters. Robert Gsellman‘s 9.64 ERA was tied for 136th and Rafael Montero‘s 8.87 ERA was 134th.
Of course, the Mets also had the 29th ranked ERA in the first time through the order in 2017 at 4.63.