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Know Your Enemy: New York Mets

The New York Mets recorded their fifth straight losing season in 2013 with a 74-88 mark for third place in the National League East. The Mets third place finish was the best since their last winning season (2008), but also matched their worst record since 2009.

Matt Harvey took the media by storm in the season’s first half when he retired the first 20 Chicago White Sox hitters until outfielder Alex Rios notched an infield single to break up the perfect game. Harvey continued his dominance until the All-Star Game, where he was named the starting pitcher. The career-year for Harvey ended with Tommy John surgery.

The Mets big acquisitions this offseason were former New York Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson and Oakland Athletics pitcher Bartolo Colon.

Projected Lineup
Chris Young OF
Daniel Murphy 2B
David Wright 3B
Curtis Granderson OF
Ike Davis 1B
Juan Lagares OF
Travis d’Arnaud Catcher
Ruben Tejada

Projected Starters
Bartolo Colon
Dillon Gee
Zack Wheeler
Johnathon Niese
Jenrry Mejia/John Lannan/Daisuke Matsuzaka

Colon will take the top spot with Harvey rehabbing from surgery and second-year pitcher Zack Wheeler will be one to watch for the Mets. Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ top prospect, may also take the mound this year at the major-league level for the Mets.

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