The strength of the New York Mets in 2013 will certainly consist of strong starting pitching and one of the best all-around infields in the game.
Unfortunately, nobody will be comparing the outfield with the 1995 "Blake Street Bombers" Colorado Rockies team. Or the 2012 Stony Brook Seawolves, for that matter.
Also, the bullpen is relying on a combination of reclamation projects, aging power pitchers, newly converted submariners and Pedro Feliciano, who hasn't thrown a pitch in two years and has a hole in his heart.
With that being the case, there are a number of variables which could sink the Mets to another 70-win season. Or perhaps the cream will rise to the top, like the 2012 Baltimore Orioles and Oakland Athletics.
Here are the position battles that will determine the fate of the club.