New York Mets: 5 Creative Ways to Improve Their Team Defense

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New York Mets: 5 Creative Ways to Improve Their Team Defense
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Ruben Tejada will key the Mets' defense up the middle

Among the numerous things the New York Mets struggled with last season—staying healthy, their poor home-run production, to name just two—their overall team defense was near the top of that list.

New York committed the second most errors in the National League last season with 116 miscues (tied with Houston and, surprisingly, world champion St. Louis). That's just unacceptable.

David Wright led the way with 19 errors, while since-departed Jose Reyes followed closely with 18. As a team, Terry Collins' contingent allowed 68 unearned runs, far too many for a relatively young pitching staff to bear.

It will be interesting to see how the 2012 version of the Mets compare. Andres Torres is an upgrade in center field over the erratic Angel Pagan, and Ruben Tejada should do a fine job replacing Reyes defensively at short.

However, questions abound. How will Daniel Murphy handle second base with two knee braces? The Mets love his bat but how much range does he have? Can Wright cut down on his miscues at the hot corner? Can Jose Thole improve behind the plate where he allowed a league-high 16 passed balls last season?

So many questions. But what are the answers? Here are five things the Mets can do to improve their team defense before Opening Day.

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