5 Problems With New York Mets’ Opening Day Roster

5 Problems With New York Mets' Opening Day Roster

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The New York Mets unveiled their Opening Day roster yesterday, and it's clear from the team's collapse against the Washington Nationals that there are some problems with it. The Mets will certainly have some weaknesses to overcome if they’re going to be a competitive team this season. Here is a list of five problems the Mets have with their 25-man Opening Day roster.

5. No Veteran Backup Catcher

Travis d'Arnaud Mets
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5. No Veteran Backup Catcher

Travis d'Arnaud Mets
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Nothing against Anthony Recker, but with Travis d'Arnaud's history of injury, the Mets need to have a steady veteran presence behind him in case d'Arnaud gets injured or struggles in his first full season in the big leagues. d'Arnaud is a big key to the Mets this season, but the team needs to have a better insurance policy if he's unable to live up to his promise as a rookie.

4. Too Many First Basemen

Ike Davis
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4. Too Many First Basemen

Ike Davis
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The Mets' Opening Day roster includes Ike Davis, Lucas Duda and Josh Satin. Outside of Satin getting an occasional start at third base, none of those three will play a position other than first base, and three first basemen on the roster is one too many. The Mets are carrying an extra position player for the first few days of the season, but the team can't go more than a week with this many first basemen on the roster.

3. Uncertainty At The Back End Of The Rotation

Jon Niese Mets
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3. Uncertainty At The Back End Of The Rotation

Jon Niese Mets
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The first three starters the Mets have lined up are set, but Jon Niese being able to make his first scheduled start is still a question mark and there's still no certainty about Jenrry Mejia. On top of that, Daisuke Matsuzaka is understandably upset about being sent to the minors. The Mets need good starting pitching to have a chance, and they need to find some answers at back of their rotation as soon as possible.

2. Questionable Middle Relief

Scott Rice Mets
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2. Questionable Middle Relief

Scott Rice Mets
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This was an issue heading into the season and it was magnified on Opening Day. Bobby Parnell's velocity and health is another issue, but if the Mets can't get reliable performances out of guys like Scott Rice and Carlos Torres, the bullpen could be a complete disaster.

1. Ruben Tejada Is Still The Shortstop

Ruben Tejada Mets
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1. Ruben Tejada Is Still The Shortstop

Ruben Tejada Mets
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The Mets didn't make a trade and they haven't signed Stephen Drew, so for the time being they're stuck with Tejada at shortstop which could end up being a major problem for them. This is one issue the Mets are in position to fix, so if Tejada has a bad April, something will have to be done. He remains one of the biggest question marks on their roster.

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