MLB Preview 2011: The New York Mets Guide to Recapturing Postseason Baseball

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MLB Preview 2011: The New York Mets Guide to Recapturing Postseason Baseball
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The New York Mets will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of their 1986 World Series title later this year.

You know what that means, Mets fans: It's time for another championship.

While it seems the other four teams in the National League East all improved this offseason, the Mets were content with the status quo. The new ownership will rely on consistent production from the team's top players in order to get back to the postseason.

So far, everyone has been writing off the Mets as a contender. The Mets may not have the pieces to compete for a World Series title this season, but they may turn out to be the surprise team in the league.

The Philadelphia Phillies and Atlanta Braves appear strong on paper, but you still have to play the games on the field. Even so, the N.L. Wild Card is up for grabs.

In order to play ball in October, the Mets will need strong contributions from all 25 players all the time. Many things will have to go perfectly as planned, but the team has talent and hopefully a renewed sense of confidence.

Here are 10 factors that will lead the Mets to the postseason.

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