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5 Keys for the New York Mets to Be a Contender Next Season
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When it comes to consistency, the New York Mets rarely disappoint. That is not to say they are consistently successful.

Four consecutive years, the Mets have sabotaged their seasons with dreadful second-half performances, effectively draining any playoff hopes prior to the beginning of  the NFL preseason.

In terms of next year, the Mets do have hope.

They have plenty of young players that should be the core of their team once they are perennial playoff contenders, such as Matt Harvey and Ruben Tejada.

The Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles also should provide hope for the team that will enter the season with a dwindling fanbase.

Here are five keys for the 2013 season in order for the Mets to be contenders.

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