WHY THERE SHOULD BE OPTIMISM . . .
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A flow of young arms: 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.
An infusion of talent: Free-agent additions Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon have flourished in winning environments. But more importantly, both appear perfectly capable of delivering elite production.
No first choice at first base: How did the Mets respond to lackluster power production from Ike Davis and Lucas Duda? By bringing back Davis and Duda and hoping for better results.
The shortage at shortstop: How did the Mets respond to a horrendous season from Ruben Tejada? By bringing back Tejada and hoping for better results.
BEAT MAN'S PREDICTION: 74-88
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.
Marc Carig has covered the Mets for Newsday since 2012.