The Mets finally released their official 25-man roster for Opening Day today. There were few surprises, as many specifics became obvious and/or leaked out in dribs and drabs over the last couple of days.
The most notable of those news leaks was the news that—service time concerns be damned—Pete Alonso would indeed start the season with in the majors. With both Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie starting the season on the injured list, Alonso’s primary spring first base competition, Dominic Smith, also earned a spot on the Opening Day roster.
Also starting the season on the injured list will be Travis d’Arnaud. While Alonso was a promising development, the news that Tomas Nido would make the roster as backup catcher shines a less flattering light on the organization given the current limbo in which Devin Mesoraco has been thrust.
In another late development, with Rule 5 pick Kyle Dowdy flaming out in spring training, Tim Peterson earned the final nod in the bullpen. Given that Peterson struggled last year and has options remaining, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him ride the Syracuse shuttle much of the season. But he will enjoy hearing his name announced today, along with these teammates:
Catcher: Wilson Ramos, Tomas Nido
Infield: Pete Alonso, Robinson Cano, Amed Rosario, Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith, Luis Guillorme, J.D. Davis
Outfield: Brandon Nimmo, Juan Lagares, Keon Broxton, Michael Conforto
Starting Pitchers: Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Steven Matz, Jason Vargas
Bullpen: Edwin Diaz, Jeurys Familia, Seth Lugo, Justin Wilson, Robert Gsellman, Luis Avilan, Tim Peterson