Mets appear dire once more

23 February 2014 11:55:31 EST
David Wright will hope to help the Mets enjoy success in 2014.

The New York Mets may be good some day, but this year isn't likely to be it as the National League East Division side face a potentially struggling year.

Starting pitcher Matt Harvey had brought optimism to New York with an excellent year, but was shut down after injuring his right elbow and underwent Tommy John surgery late in October. It is unlikely that Harvey will return in 2014, but should join Zack Wheeler and top prospect Noah Syndergaard in a very good young rotation in 2015.

Former Oakland Athletics ace Bartolo Colon will anchor the rotation in the meantime as the Mets gave the veteran a two-year deal over the winter. Throw in a Jon Niese or Dillon Gee as a fifth starter and that’s a very nice rotation, next year. This year with Niese projected as the No. 2 starter that isn’t the case.

Behind the plate Travis d'Arnaud, who along with Syndergaard was part of the fleecing of the Toronto Blue Jays in the R.A. Dickey trade, will be given the opportunity to prove he can stay healthy. There’s never been a doubt about the youngster's ability to hit and New York desperately needs some offense from somewhere in the line up.

David Wright is David Wright, but a projected starting line up of Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares and Chris Young in the outfield along with Ruben Tejada, Daniel Murphy and Ike Davis in the infield would have difficulty putting a scare into anyone.

The Mets are 1500/1 to win the World Series, while the LA Dodgers can be backed at 1000/1.

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