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The Mets' spring bullpen battle is starting to settle down, but there are still too many pitchers for the number of spots on the Opening Day roster.
With the demotion of Carlos Torres to minor league camp at the end of last week, the Mets have slightly whittled down the field of pitchers looking to make the team. As has been the case throughout spring training, the team's rotation is all but locked in with Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Shaun Marcum, and Dillon Gee ready to go. Johan Santana's likely stint on the disabled list at the beginning of the season opens up a spot in the rotation, at least temporarily.
Bobby Parnell and Brandon Lyon are the only two relief pitchers seemingly guaranteed roster spots, and Frank Francisco, like Santana, figures to begin the year on the DL. That leaves six spots available for the eleven pitchers below.
|Scott Atchison, RHP||Atchison's spring stat line still looks a lot like his regular season stat line from the past couple of years. That's a good thing.|
|Greg Burke, RHP||With 11 strikeouts and no walks in 8.2 spring innings, this sidearming righty has a great shot at making the Opening Day 'pen.|
|Robert Carson, LHP||Carson hasn't been all that great, and with the performance of other left-handed relief pitchers in camp, he's not likely to make the team.|
|Josh Edgin, LHP||He's been just okay in spring games, but it'd be a big surprise to see Edgin start the year in the minors.|
|Jeurys Familia, RHP||Used exclusively as a relief pitcher in Grapefruit League games, Familia has 6 strikeouts and 6 walks in 7.1 innings. That's Jeurys being Jeurys, I suppose.|
|Pedro Feliciano, LHP||Perpetual Pedro's comeback just might work out.|
|LaTroy Hawkins, RHP||So far, so good. Hawkins has only three spring appearances under his belt, but he could be this year's Jon Rauch.|
|Jeremy Hefner, RHP||With Johan Santana almost definitely beginning the year on the shelf, the Mets have indicated Hefner will fill in as a starter until Santana is ready.|
|Aaron Laffey, LHP||See above. If Hefner's the fill-in starter, perhaps Laffey becomes the long-man out of the bullpen, at least in early April.|
|Jenrry Mejia, RHP||If not for various setbacks over the years, it might be Mejia readying himself to fill in for Santana, but that's just not the case. He's a near lock to begin the year in Las Vegas.|
|Scott Rice, LHP||With 8 strikeouts, 1 walk, and a 4.70 ERA in 7.2 innings, Rice's spring has had its ups and downs. Whether or not Feliciano stays healthy until Opening Day might determine where Rice begins his season.|