The following are a handful of the most significant story lines surrounding the 2009 New York Mets along with some predictions and thoughts as to how the season will play out.
The team made a handful of offseason moves, most notably the additions of Frankie Rodriguez and J.J. Putz to bolster a bullpen that blew 29 saves last season.
With Billy Wagner likely to miss the entire year recovering from Tommy John surgery, the bullpen has been completely revamped with Aaron Heilman among the departed.
The core remains intact, as Jose Reyes, David Wright, Carlos Beltran and Carlos Delgado will be looked on to supply the majority of the offensive production, while youngster Daniel Murphy has been given the starting job in left field and will look to contribute in a way that he did down the stretch last season.
The starting pitching starts and ends with Johan Santana who after a slight elbow scare looks healthy and primed for another Cy Young worthy season. He's followed in the rotation by Mike Pelfrey, John Maine, Oliver Perez and Livan Hernandez.
Can you say question marks?
After a second consecutive September Collapse, the Mets need to prove that the talent on the roster is good enough to overcome the demons of season's past.
As the doors open at Citi Field, the ghosts of Shea Stadium need to have been destroyed along with the team's old home.
Lets take a look at how 2009 is shaping up.