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The 2014 Mets: Reasons to hope, reasons to worry

Hope is not a plan. The Mets didn't fill enough of their holes this winter. Expect more of the same: also-ran status in the NL East and a 74-88 record.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM: A flow of young arms

Noah Syndergaard leads the pack, and talented arms
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Noah Syndergaard leads the pack, and talented arms such as Rafael Montero and Jacob deGrom could be used to fill out the bullpen later in the year.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM: Always about pitching

Pitching cures plenty of ills and the Mets
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Pitching cures plenty of ills and the Mets have plenty of it. The Mets also could use some of their stockpile as trade bait to improve in other areas.

REASON FOR OPTIMISM: An infusion of talent

Free- agent additions Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon
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Free- agent additions Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon have flourished in winning environments. But more importantly, both appear perfectly capable of delivering elite production.

REASON FOR CONCERN: No first choice at first base

How did the Mets respond to lackluster power
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How did the Mets respond to lackluster power production from Ike Davis and Lucas Duda? By bringing back Ike Davis and Lucas Duda and hoping for better results.

REASON FOR CONCERN: The shortage at shortstop

How did the Mets respond to a horrendous
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How did the Mets respond to a horrendous season from Ruben Tejada? By bringing back Ruben Tejada and hoping for better results.

REASONS FOR CONCERN: Plenty of questions

How did the Mets respond to a lineup
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How did the Mets respond to a lineup that piled up strikeouts and failed to score runs? By essentially freezing payroll for the third straight season, by leaving multiple holes unfilled — and by hoping for better results.

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