2011 was an up-and-down year for the Mets. It started very poorly, opening April with a 5-13 mark, but then, they got hot and leveled off.
The Mets suffered some injuries early but were still able to sit around .500. Later on in the season, the injuries just became too much, and the Mets finished 77-83, with another disappointing season.
A lot of people have very low expectations of the Mets in 2012, and I still don't understand it. Yes, I know that losing Jose Reyes is obviously a big blow, but the Mets still have a quality team.
The lineup is much better than people are giving them credit for, and the rotation also can be pretty good. The bullpen is re-tooled and should provide much more support than last season. I'm not saying the Mets are going to win the division, but do they have a shot at the wild card? I honestly don't see why not.
Even if they don't win the wild card, I've seen predictions for the Mets as low as 70 wins, and that just seems absolutely ridiculous to me.
As far as the rotation, if Johan Santana is healthy, he is a great pitcher, Dickey has been great the past couple years, Niese and Gee looked great at the beginning of last season before fading due to the long schedule, which they should now be more ready for, and Pelfrey is average at best, but that still adds up to a good rotation.
The lineup has both speed and power, and some hitters who will hit for good average. There's a lot of potential for the Mets this season, and I truly believe they are going to surprise a lot of people.