The Mets organization and fans' patience may be rewarded in 2013 when youngsters bring excitement back to Citi Field.
GM Sandy Alderson may not agree after admitting he's "not happy" with the current Mets roster during an interview with Mike Francesa on WFAN, but trading for highly valued prospects such as Travis d'Arnaud and Zack Wheeler while drafting and developing players like Matt Harvey, Ike Davis and Lucas Duda has put the Mets in a favorable position to start the new season.
At the halfway point of the 2012 season, the Mets were 46-40, only four games behind the Nationals in the NL East. Lack of offense and inconsistent pitching, not including Cy Young award winner R.A. Dickey, derailed their playoff hopes in the second half of the season.
These five younger players give the Mets a better chance at making the playoffs.