The Mets are in the playoffs for the first time since 2006, and Mets fans are understandably excited. Earlier this week, we asked you to pick the team's 25-man roster for the first round of the playoffs, and we got just under 3,000 responses. First, thanks to everyone who took the time to submit a roster. Second, here's the roster, which includes the 25 players who received the most votes.
|Yoenis Cespedes||CF||Jacob deGrom||SP|
|David Wright||3B||Matt Harvey||SP|
|Curtis Granderson||RF||Noah Syndergaard||SP|
|Wilmer Flores||SS||Steven Matz||SP|
|Lucas Duda||1B||Jeurys Familia||RP|
|Michael Conforto||LF||Tyler Clippard||RP|
|Travis d'Arnaud||C||Addison Reed||RP|
|Daniel Murphy||2B||Bartolo Colon||P|
|Michael Cuddyer||OF/1B||Jon Niese||P|
|Ruben Tejada||SS||Hansel Robles||RP|
|Kelly Johnson||2B||Sean Gilmartin||RP|
The results above are sorted by votes and categorized by roles. Much like baseball's Hall of Fame ballots, no player was picked unanimously. Perhaps some of the voters here wanted to give support to players on the bubble and chose not to vote for the obvious locks. Or maybe there are just some trolls on the internet.
As far as overall roster construction goes, the community went with 14 position players and 11 pitchers. With eight position players starting each game and, presumably, a four-man rotation, that would leave the Mets with a six-man bench and seven-man bullpen.
Based on the votes here, Bartolo Colon and Jon Niese would both make the roster as relief pitchers. That seems to be one of the trickier calls for the Mets' actual front office heading into the NLDS, as they have both been just decent this year and neither pitcher has much experience working out of the bullpen. Of course, if Steven Matz's back tightness doesn't clear up, one of those pitchers—probably Colon—could move into the starting rotation.
There weren't many surprises on the bench, with Kevin Plawecki easily besting Anthony Recker for the backup catcher's gig. But Juan Uribe is nursing a chest injury and apparently not feeling any better yet, which could open up a spot for someone else to make it. So here are the players who finished on the bubble in the community vote.
|Eric Young Jr.||PR/OF||Logan Verrett||RP|
|Kirk Nieuwenhuis||OF||Erik Goeddel||RP|
Eric Young Jr. would be the first position player on the community roster if Uribe or any other position player were unable to play in the first round. And Logan Verrett slightly beat out Erik Goeddel for the first fill-in spot int he community bullpen.