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2014 Baltimore Gameday HQ Round 2

NEW YORK METS 5-YEAR SCORECARD 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 WINS 74 74 77 79 70 RUNS PER GAME 3.8 4.0 4.4 4.0 4.7 RUNS ALLOWED PER GAME 4.2 4.4 4.6 4.0 4.7 OPENING DAY PAYROLL 93 94 142 126 149 David Wright 2014 STRENGTHS: • Good speed throughout lineup • Young arms within the system 2014 WEAKNESSES: • Starting pitching • Lack of power Even though the Mets made a few solid additions during the offseason, they remain far removed from contention thanks to a lineup that continues to search for pop and a pitching staff that has been hurt by injury. It’s hard to imagine that the Mets were a perennial NL East power as recently as 2008, but deterioration among pitchers and a loss of reliable offensive performers consigned it to the division’s outskirts. HITTING The Mets committed themselves to improving an anemic 2013 offense by signing Curtis Granderson and Chris Young, although neither of them was particularly overwhelming last year. Young’s numbers have dropped precipitously since his 2010 All-Star nod, and he hit just .200 in 107 games last year. The Mets will pay Granderson $60 million over four years, so that means he had better improve on last year’s .229/.317/.407 numbers. To be fair, Granderson was plagued by injuries, and he did hit 84 combined homers the previous two seasons. But he will be expected to provide consistent production next to third baseman David Wright in the order. Wright was solid, but had to deal with injuries all year. So, if you want to be a complete optimist, you could say that batting Young, Wright and Granderson in the top four of the lineup should give the Mets plenty of pop. Throw in second baseman Daniel Murphy, who was productive across the board last year, and there is potential. First baseman NL EAST JIM MCISAAC/GETTY IMAGES SPORT


2014 Baltimore Gameday HQ Round 2
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