5 issues facing the Mets in 2013

Lucas Duda prepares for batting practice during a

Lucas Duda prepares for batting practice during a spring training workout at Tradition Field. (Feb. 12, 2013) (Credit: Newsday/Alejandra Villa)

By Marc Carig

What

outfield?

Fans recall Sandy Alderson's less-than-flattering quip during the offseason about his team's outfield situation. With spring training in the books, the Mets still don't have an answer.

Who carries the load?The Mets need somebody to log the 233 2/3 innings R.A. Dickey tossed last season. And they'll need a leader to step up in light of Johan Santana's potential career-ending injury.

Can it get

any worse?

The front office made smart moves to retool the bullpen. But they'll mean nothing without actual improvement.

More power?Scott Hairston's 20 homers must be replaced in a lineup that could use more pop. The Mets hope it comes from leftfielder Lucas Duda.

Will help

arrive?Barring injury or underperformance, pitching prospect Zack Wheeler and catching prospect Travis d'Arnaud almost certainly will make their big- league debuts, perhaps before the All-Star break.

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