Sandy Alderson can only cross his fingers and hope.

The Mets general manager has gone from the offseason rallying cry: “It can’t be any worse than last year,” regarding the team’s bullpen, to a guarded sense of optimism about that unit as the new season approaches.

Solid performances this spring by veterans Brandon Lyon, LaTroy Hawkins, Scott Atchison and Pedro Feliciano, among others, have the Mets hopeful there won’t be a repeat of last season, when the bullpen had a 4.65 ERA, which ranked 29th in the majors.

“I think we have a little more confidence in the bullpen than we had toward the end of spring training last year,” Alderson said. “It’s all about performance in the regular season, but it seems that we have a better assortment of veteran arms and we’ve got several pitchers from both the right and left side coming up through the system to give us a lot more depth and are competing for a spot in the bullpen, so that’s a very different situation than we had last year.”