6 Reasons New York Mets Could Still Be Contenders in 2013

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6 Reasons New York Mets Could Still Be Contenders in 2013
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The Mets will need a monster season from David Wright if they want to compete in 2013.

If everything unfolds perfectly for the New York Mets, they may stand a chance at fighting for an MLB postseason bid in 2013.

Seriously, stop laughing. Come on. 

It's certainly a long shot for the Mets to rise up the National League East standings after a fourth-place finish last year, and trading Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to the Toronto Blue Jays makes the hill to the playoffs that much steeper to climb.

But is there at least a speck of hope for the Mets to accomplish the unthinkable?

ESPN.com's Mark Simon posted a piece breaking down what would need to happen for the Mets to contend in 2013. It basically boiled down to every player staying healthy and outperforming expectations.

Simon made some substantial leaps of faith (their outfield delivering sizable value, Jonathon Niese becoming a borderline ace on Cole Hamels' level), but there are some realistic reasons to approach the season with cautious optimism. 

These factors, if they play out right, can contribute to the Mets finishing with a better record than anyone expects them to earn this season.

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