The Mets bullpen struggled last season, but righty Brad Brach was a bit of a bright spot.
Signed in August after the Cubs DFA'd him, Brach threw 14.2 innings with a 3.68 ERA for the Mets over the final two months of the 2019 season. He added another 15 strikeouts as well.
After his revitalization, the 33-year-old was re-signed by the Mets in December for $850,000 in 2020, with a $1.25 million player option for 2021.
In his brief time with the Mets, Brach said he already saw enough to expect a better season out of those around him this upcoming year. Brach said the law of averages will catch back up to the Mets bullpen, and successes will follow.
"If guys pitch to their career norm I think we have a chance to really, especially with the starters that we have, I think the staff as a whole has a chance to do something real special," Brach told reporters at spring training. "I just think some of the guys, there is no way they could pitch as bad as they did last year. I just think it's not possible when you watch how good of stuff they have."
If the Mets are to contend in 2020, the bullpen will have to be improved. Among those who struggled last season were Edwin Diaz, Robert Gsellman and Jeurys Familia. Like Brach, Mets manager Luis Rojas, already said at the start of spring training that he expects his team to be contenders, in part because of the bullpen.
"We have a great roster. We have great position players with versatility. We have a great starting rotation with pitchers that have the history, Cy Youngs, World Series winners and a bullpen with a lot of history saving games, being closers, so it's a team that is built to win," Rojas said.