The New York Mets are entering the season with very low fan expectations and an even lower payroll. At this point, they're pretty much done acquiring anyone of substance for the upcoming season, and so, the current roster is just about what we're looking at.
Last week, I examined what the Mets roster may potentially look like. Based on that, we could see how this team could be a contender if all the pieces fall into place. They have talent. Despite what many "experts" think.
Even if they fall well short of winning a wild card, they're still a dangerous team for the right opponent. Imagine the Mets helping the Phillies and ruining the Miami Marlins' playoff chances like the Marlins did to them a few years ago.
How would Jose Reyes feel about the Mets then?
If the Atlanta Braves had been on the wrong side of the spoiler role as recently as last season, with the intensity of their rivalry with the Mets, how much would Chipper Jones despise New York and Citi Field if the Mets had a hand in making his final season another collapse?
The Mets at the very least have the talent to embrace the role of spoiler and really hurt a team with playoff aspirations. Though there are several players and factors that could contribute to this, five really stand out to me.