New York Mets fans may not be optimistic about the 2013 season, and rightfully so.
After all, the team had the not-so-prestigious honor of being named to Jayson Stark's "least-improved" squads this offseason along with the Miami Marlins, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers and Baltimore Orioles.
The Mets have averaged 75 wins since 2009, and while next season's performance may pan out just as the last four have, there are reasons for even the most casual fan to be excited about in the near future.
As has become customary for the fanbase, diehards have continued to display their eternal optimism for a perennially disappointing club. Some have given up, but those who remain will be rewarded in due time.
There will be plenty of optimism in the handful of slides that awaits. Here are five bold predictions for the organization for the next three years.