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After opening the season by getting swept at home, the Mets surprised observers with a strong stretch. Their raw numbers were awful. As April ended, their slugging percentage was by far the worst in baseball, and their opponents' OPS was about 100 points higher than their own OPS. And yet the Mets were 15-11.

They opened May by losing 8 of 9, and were down 3 in the ninth apparently on their way to another loss. But they turned it around, and then swept two in Yankee Stadium to get back to .500. They brought up Wilmer Flores, Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom, moved Jenrry Mejia to the pen, released Kyle Farnsworth, demoted Omar Quintanilla, and swapped Josh Satin for Eric Campbell.

Key players:

1B: Lucas Duda, Eric Campbell

2B: Daniel Murphy

SS: Ruben Tejada, Wilmer Flores

3B: David Wright

OF: Curtis Granderson

OF: Chris Young

OF: Juan Lagares

OF: Eric Young

C: Travis d'Arnaud, Anthony Recker

Starting Pitchers:

Relief Pitchers:

2014 preview

Before the 2014 season, the Mets acquired outfielders Curtis Granderson and Chris Young and pitchers Bartolo Colon, John Lannan and Daisuke Matsuzaka. They were expected to trade one of their first basemen but didn't get the deal they were looking for. Sandy Alderson set a goal of 90 wins for the season, but few analysts considered that goal realistic, generally projecting the Mets to repeat the previous seasons' level of a few games under 500.

Perspective at end of 2013 season

The Mets' 2013 midseason surge and their young talent should make the next few years fun and exciting.

While in June the team seemed to have nothing but holes, a midseason surge and Minor League success give reason to believe that the pieces may be falling into place.

The likely 2014 initial rotation is expected to include Zack Wheeler Jonathon Niese, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia and a veteran for the bottom of the rotation. By midseason, Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard may force their way in. In 2015, Matt Harvey should rejoin the crew.

Bobby Parnell, Jack Leatherstich, Carlos Torres, Jeurys Familia and some returning veterans should provide a solid bullpen.

Travis d'Arnaud should make the Mets better behind the plate, and Wilmer Flores should find a role at first or second.

About $50 million comes off the payroll this winter just from Johan Santana, Jason Bay and Frank Francisco. This is a small payroll team in a big market. They're expected to spend to add one or two corner outfielders and possibly a shortstop.

2013

Expectations were quite low going into the 2013 season, and the Mets' lived down to them. How bad could 2013 possibly be, Adam Rubin asked. If you have to ask, you're not paying attentionhe answered.

The Mets opened the season 24-39 before Kirk Nieuwenhuis hit the home run that ended Western Civilization. That began a 30-22 stretch. The previously atrocious outfield and bullpen turned it around, as did Ike Davis after an awful first half. Met fans saw young pitching reminiscent of the Mets' glory years. The optimism was marred by another late season collapse, hastened by injuries to their best players and the trade of Marlon Byrd.

2012 - 2013 Offseason

The Mets replaced David Wright's one year deal with an eight year, $138 million deal.

They then traded R.A. Dickey and catchers Josh Thole and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for the Blue Jays' top prospect, catcher Travis d'Arnaud, their top pitching prospect, Noah Syndergaard, 18-year-old outfielder Wuilmer Becerra, and veteran catcher John Buck.

A month earlier, Dickey became the third Met to win the N.L. Cy Young Award, joining Tom Seaver (1969, 1973, 1975) and Dwight Gooden (1985).

Also this offseason the Mets:

2012

Remember these?
July 4, 1985: Rainy Night in Georgia
July 21, 2004: David's Debut
May 31, 1964: 23 Inning Nightcap
Oct 6, 1991: Cone Fans 19

The Mets had a great first half, entering the All Star break at 46-40. Then they collapsed, finishing the season at 74-88, 24 games behind the Nationals.

There were some nice moments though. Johan Santana threw the first no hitter in Mets' history, and R.A. Dickey became only the third Met to win the Cy Young Award.

For more, see 2012.

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