The past six years have not been particularly good for the Mets. After their most recent trip to the postseason in 2006, where they eventually lost in the NLCS against the Cardinals, the Mets have fallen short of the postseason ever since.
In 2007 (88 wins) and 2008 (89 wins), the Mets played very well overall, but two poor Septembers in both years cost them trips to the postseason. In 2009, Citi Field opened up, but that did not help the Mets get any better. In fact, they played a lot worse.
After a 72-90 season in 2009 that was full of injuries all over the team, the Mets went 79-83 in 2010, 77-85 in 2011 and 74-88 in 2012. In the past four years, the Mets have had relatively inconsistent starting pitching, untrustworthy bullpens and lineups that simply were not able to score too many runs.
The team this year will not look too different from the 2012 squad. Regardless, it's possible that with a few new faces and a more consistent season, the Mets could possibly take a big step forward and finish with a winning record.
Here are five components that could be critical in order for the Mets to possibly get between 82-85 wins, which is a reasonable goal to set.