With such little expectations to win a lot and compete, the New York Mets surprised everyone at the start of the season by going 46-40 before the All-Star break.
However, the Mets have been a very different team since the All-Star break. They have been 14-29 so far since the Midsummer Classic. The Mets had been in postseason contention for most of the first half, but that opportunity vanished after poor play in the middle of July, particularly a homestand in which they got swept by both the Nationals and Dodgers.
After that, they seemingly had trouble winning two consecutive games, and just about every part of the team fell apart in the process. The Mets and their fans, though, can always look forward to the 2013 season, which should be a lot more promising, especially because the farm system has been developing much better in recent years.
Unfortunately, the Mets will still have one thing working against them going forward. Despite the fact that Fred Wilpon and the Mets ownership has gotten past their legal issues, this does not mean that they will have a lot more money available to use on upgrading talent.
Here are 10 ways in which the Mets can improve in 2013 without increasing payroll.