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The Mets will take the approach of the San Francisco Giants, who have won two of the past three World Series titles on the strength of their young pitching staff.
In order for that to happen, the combination of Jon Niese, Matt Harvey, Shaun Marcum, Dillon Gee and Zack Wheeler will need to pitch consistently dominant for much of the season.
I left Johan Santana off that list because I don't anticipate him to magically become a workhorse pitcher again at 34.
The bullpen must improve on their No. 29 overall ranking from last season. They should be improved simply by the addition of Brandon Lyon, Scott Atchison, LaTroy Hawkins and Pedro Feliciano.
Bullpen relief is an area a team can go cheap on considering the year-to-year crapshoot that it tends to become.
As far as the offense, the team was putrid last season in the second-half, averaging 3.36 runs, which must be improved. Obviously, they performed a bit over their heads in the first few months of the season due to their incredible two-out hitting.
I believe a healthy Travis d'Arnaud, Daniel Murphy, Ike Davis, David Wright and Lucas Duda could form a formidable middle of the order. That means 30 home runs a piece from the latter three.
There must be some sort of production from the Collin Cowgill/Kirk Nieuwenhuis platoon as well as Marlon Byrd/Mike Baxter platoon.
That could be a tall order.
Unless Marlon Byrd re-discovers the stroke that made him a coveted prospect a decade ago, this will be a very poor area on the team.