For the past few seasons, the Mets were the sexy pick to win the NL East and even the World Series. Each of those seasons, New York collapsed and failed to make the postseason. This year, the bar needs to be set much lower.
The Mets have a talented group of hitters, but injuries may cut into that talent pool considerably. Jose Reyes continues to struggle with leg issues, Carlos Delgado is gone, and Carlos Beltran will be out until at the earliest May.
Still, David Wright is one of the most dynamic players in baseball, and the addition of Jason Bay should eliminate some of the pressure he felt last season.
Johan Santana and Francisco Rodriguez single-handedly save the Mets pitching staff from utter disaster. After those two studs, it’s complete chaos in the rotation and bullpen, which is known for blowing game after game the last two seasons.
Mike Pelfry, Oliver Perez, and John Maine all struggled with control problems last season and ended up with very high ERAs. The Mets desperately need that trio to return to their younger, more dominate form.