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Rounding Into Form: Can the Mets Get a Quick Start?

PORT ST LUCIE, FL - FEBRUARY 26:  Manager Jerry Manuel #53 of the New York Mets reacts during batting practice before taking on the Florida Marlins during a spring training game at Tradition Field on February 26, 2009 in Port St Lucie, Florida. The Mets defeated the Marlins 9-0.  (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)
Korbid ThompsonContributor IMarch 23, 2009

With players returning from the World Baseball Classic, Mets manager Jerry Manuel has a chance to finally mold the New York Mets into the image he pictured during this entire offeason. Really, the question is, will the paint drip before April is over?

After all, let's flashback to April of 2005; Willie Randolph's first year as Mets' skipper. There's a reason that they are called the Amazins', and that name swings both ways, both good and bad.

That year, the Mets started the season losing five straight games, before Carlos Beltran bailed them out in game No. 6 with late-inning heroics in the dark castle, known as Turner Field.

Now, back to the present, and Jerry Manuel's first full year in charge, without the interim tag. Questions are many, where answers are not.

Will David Wright's game-winning hit against Puerto Rico in the World Baseball Classic be a springboard for the rest of his season? Can Carlos Delgado beat Father Time for one more year?

Can Luis Castillo win over the hearts of New Yorkers? Will Johan Santana get the support he clearly didn't have last year? We know what the assumption is, but games aren't played on paper. Is Ryan Church concussion-free?

These questions won't be answered in April, but there still needs to be a fast start from the New York Mets in the month of April. After all, do we need to relive the details of the last two years?

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