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Don’t Often Post On The National Pastime, But, Hot Damn Baby, David Wright Is Talented, Confident, Fast, Fit, And Focused, Not To Mention…

Sexy As Hell, Baby! 

New Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen watches his team practice sliding during a spring training practice earlier this month. According to SI’s Cliff Corcoran, the biggest challenge for Guillen will be helping Hanley Ramirez transition from shortstop to third base. The addition of free agent shortstop Jose Reyes prompted the move. (Chuck Solomon/SI)

CORCORAN: NL East Spring Training Preview
LEMIREPhillies still class of talent-laden East
VERDUCCI: Team-by-team videos and projections

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MLB Midseason Review: NL East
Let’s go through the N.L. and check the status of each division at the mid-way point. In the first of the series, let’s check in on the N.L. East now that the All Star Game has finished and we start the downward spiral that is the second half of the baseball season.

Roy Halladay (left) and other members of the Phillies pitching staff line up for fielding drills during a spring training workout last spring. The NL East will be one of the most competitive divisions and SI’s Cliff Corcoran thinks all four teams will have one breakout player ready to take the next step to stardom. (Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

CORCORAN: Looking for 2012 breakout candidates? Look to the NL East
LEMIRE: Mets are hoping Jason Bay can rediscover his missing swing
VIDEO: Are Marlins serious contenders? | Royals have reason for optimism

Wait for it...Wait for it... The Mets are a legitimate World Series Contender!

In 1984 a young New York Mets team went into Wrigley field late in the season and got swept by the eventual division winners, the Chicago Cubs. In 1985, the Mets battled the St. Louis Cardinals late in the year, only to come up short once again. Cardinals’ second baseman Tommy Herr seemed to get a big hit every game against the Mets that year. Herr finished the ‘85 season with 8 home runs and 110 RBIs. Herr and Paul Molitor are the only players in the history of MLB to have 100 RBIs and less than 10 home runs. Molitor did it in 1996 when he had 9 homeruns and 113 RBIs.

The Mets hosted the first place Washington Nationals this weekend at Citi Field. The Mets started their three young, talented arms… Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard. The Mets swept Nationals and are now tied for first place in the National League East.

Harvey pitched 7.2 innings, gave up 1 run, struck out 9 and walked 0 batters.

deGrom pitched 6 innings, gave up 2 runs, struck out 7 and walked 1 batter.

Syndergaard pitched 8 innings, gave up 2 runs, struck out 9 and walked 0 batters.

Against  first place Washington, the Mets starters struck out 25 batters and only walked 1 National, in three games.

Lucas Duda continues to lead the Mets in offense. He now has 9 home runs in his last 10 games.  He became the first player since Marcus Thames (2008 Detroit Tigers) to have 8 consecutive hits, all be home runs in 24 at bats.

The Mets were the big winners at the trading deadline, they acquired:

Pitcher: Tyler Clippard 18 saves

LF: Kelly Johnson, .265 batting average, 10 homeruns, 35 RBIs

3B: Juan Uribe, .269 batting average, 9 homeruns, 25RBIs

OF: Yoenis Cespedes, .290 batting average, 18 homeruns, 61 RBIs

With Cespedes in the lineup (or as Jerry Seinfeld Tweeted…  a Cespedes for the Rest of us. ) The Mets now have three legitimate power hitters, ( Duda has 21 homeruns and Curtis Granderson has 17 home runs.) If and when David Wright comes back, the Mets lineup could be scary. Any of these four players can carry a team on offense.

 

The Mets are built for the future, but they can win now.

They have three “stud pitchers” and their two relievers Jeurys Familia and Clippard have a combined 46 saves. The “Amazing’s also have a favorable schedule down the stretch, they only play 15 games against teams with an over .500 record.

Wait for it, Wait for it, Wait for it, Mets fans… New York will make the playoffs, and with their pitching and offense, they have a legitimate chance to win the World Series this year.

 

When the New York Rangers won the Stanley Cup in 1994, their announcer, Sam Rosen said, “The wait is over!” Mets fans have suffered long enough but, the wait is over. The Next 5-10 years, in Citi Field should be amazing.

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