Sports The 2014 Mets: Reasons to hope, reasons to worry By MARC CARIG/NEWSDAY Updated March 29, 2014 3:25 AM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email 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 Photo Credit: Elsa/Getty Images 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 Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images 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 Photo Credit: Chris Trotman/Getty Images 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 Photo Credit: Denis Poroy/Getty Images 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 Photo Credit: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images 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 Photo Credit: Andy Marlin/Getty Images 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. By MARC CARIG/NEWSDAY Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.