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The Mets need Ike Davis to keep hitting like he has recently.
Ike Davis to Keep Improving
Ike Davis got off to a slow start to this year, as he is only hitting .190 after picking up his production recently.
The slow start wasn't totally unexpected as he missed almost all of last year to injury, but the Mets don't have a great lineup. This means they need one of the more promising young first basemen in the league to keep producing.
Davis is hitting .246 in June with an OPS of .798, which is by far his best month of the year. For the Mets to stay in the race, they will need Davis to at least produce at the rate he has during the month of June.
Johan Santana Staying Healthy
Johan Santana may no longer be the best pitcher in Queens, but his health is a major key. Coming off a shoulder surgery that kept him out for all of 2011, it is something that will be closely followed.
With Santana pitching well and RA Dickey having a career year, the Mets are getting better than expected production out of their rotation right now.
The Mets can't afford any setbacks for Santana as his innings totals start to add up.
The team has a decent rotation right now, but losing Santana would mean that they would need to count of a pitcher like Jeremy Hefner or one of their youngsters yet to make their big league debut. In the NL East that could make the Mets drop out of the race.
Add to the Bullpen
The Mets bullpen isn't very impressive.
Closer Frank Francisco has a 5.14 ERA, Bobby Parnell is at 3.38 and the team's next two most used relievers in terms of innings each have an ERA above 4.25. Considering the state of the bullpens for the rest of the division, this just isn't going to cut it.
The Mets need to go out and find a reliever on the trade market or get talented young pitcher Jenrry Mejia back into the fold. They can use a new closer, but even a solid setup man could help to solidify the unit.
Acquire a Bat
The Mets offense minus David Wright scares no one. Sure, Lucas Duda can hit some homers and Scott Hairston is having a big year, but this group isn't going to put many runs on the board in a playoff scenario.
The Mets don't really have any impact hitters in the upper minors unless you consider Wilmer Flores, who is 20-years-old and just promoted to Double-A in the last 24 hours. That means that the Mets will need to make a deal to get an impact bat in the lineup.
Now that the Wilpon family is done with their lawsuit, it's possible that the team will have some payroll flexibility to acquire a bat if they really believe this team has a chance.
Give the Young Arms a Look
The Mets have a trio of talented prospects in the upper minors that may get a look this year. Triple-A starter Matt Harvey, Triple-A reliever Jenrry Mejia and Double-A starter Zack Wheeler could all potentially help out the club in some role this year, even if it is only in the bullpen.
Mejia has already made his big league debut, but is recovering from an injury that kept him out for most of last year and part of this year. He could be up in the next couple weeks and could eventually become a strong setup guy.
Harvey is having success in Triple-A, and has little left to prove at that level.
The Mets already have Johan Santana, RA Dickey, Dillon Gee, Jon Niese and Chris Young, so he may need to help out of the bullpen this year. However, Santana is in his first year back from major surgery and Young is brittle, so he could also be needed for some starts.
Wheeler is dominating hitters in Double-A, and appears ready for a promotion to Triple-A. He is the one that needs the most developmental time, so his only role that could help the Mets could be out of the bullpen in a role similar to what David Price had at the start of his career.