The New York Mets have been one of the big surprises in baseball this year. The Mets currently sit 3.5 games back of the Washington Nationals in the NL East, and are currently tied with the Pittsburgh Pirates for the second wild card spot.
Much of the Mets' surprising success has been due to the play of three players: R.A. Dickey, Johan Santana, and David Wright.
R.A. Dickey, who will most likely be the NL starter for the All-Star Game, has been pitching beautifully. He has a .215 ERA, a 12-1 record, and 116 strikeouts.
Johan Santana has come back strong from shoulder surgery. He is just 6-4, but he has a 2.76 ERA and 93 strikeouts.
David Wright is hitting out of his mind. He is hitting a crazy .354, with nine home runs and 50 RBI. His power numbers are not quite as high as they have been in the past, but he is making up for it with his unbelievable batting average.
Still, the Mets seem to be relying on mostly these three guys to carry them. Dickey is 37, Santana is 33 and coming off surgery, and Wright has had injury problems of his own in the past. These three have to come back down to earth eventually, and when they do things could go down hill fast.
Here a five key issues that the Mets have that will ultimately eliminate them from having a chance to win the NL East.