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Jose,Jose,Jose, and Some Carlos

FLUSHING, NY - APRIL 13:  Jose Reyes #7 of the New York Mets and teammate Carlos Beltran #15  in the field  against the San Diego Padres during opening day at Citi Field on April 13, 2009 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. This is the first regular season MLB game being played at the new venue which replaced Shea Stadium as the Mets home field.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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Matt PaoneContributor IJuly 21, 2010

Jose Reyes is the catalyst of the New York Mets; if he plays well then more than likely the Mets are going to win. One can even say that if Jose Reyes is playing well and is healthy the Mets are a good team. The facts talk for themselves, when Jose is in the lineup the Mets win. From 2006 to 2008 the Mets had 87 plus wins and were competing for the division title every year; taking home the division title in 2006. 2009 brought an injury to Jose Reyes that would sideline him for basically the entire season, that season was also the worst campaign the Mets have had in years. There is no coincidence that the Mets struggled so mightily the year that Reyes missed most of the season. There is even more staggering evidence provided to us in this current 2010 season. The Metropolitans started off the season very slow, 4 and 8 to be exact. Not surprisingly Jose was injured for that time period. Reyes made his way back onto the field and as some of the field rust wore off him the Mets took off and had a successful first half of the season. It is extremely obvious that in order for the Mets to compete there is not one more important person then Jose Reyes.

Carlos Beltran is the other man of the hour. He has missed just as much time as Reyes the last year and half. There were many games in the first half of the season where the Mets really missed Beltran. His bat is so important for the Mets and he should put them over the hump in the second half.  However Carlos is coming back from a severe injury and as we have seen in the handful of games since his return he has lost quite a few steps in the outfield.

The Mets need both of these players to provide great play if they hope to make the playoffs. The popular belief is that the Mets need to add a starting pitcher in order to compete. That belief is true, but more important than adding a solid starting pitcher is getting Reyes and Beltran to play as close to their MVP forms that once graced Queens, New York.

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