The only legitimate everyday position player on the 2012 New York Mets is third baseman David Wright. He's certainly a quality baseball player, but he's dealt with his fair share of injuries before the season. He's also struggled mightily with the dimensions of Citi Field, the club's new pitcher friendly ballpark. He looks for a bounce back campaign, aiming to cut down on his strikeouts and improve his power. With the stadium shrinking in size during the 2011 off-season, that should be a relatively easy feat. But can he cut down on the injuries? Can he make the proper adjustments at the plate to regain his franchise status?
Fresh off of shoulder surgery, the once dominant but now aging starting pitcher looks to regain his old form. He missed much of the past two seasons, so can he stay on the field? An equally important question is whether he can discover the velocity he used to possess. If not, he will have to rely on his baseball smarts (and he does have plenty of those, to be fair) in order to get batters out. If he can return to ace form, the team should have a chance at playoff contention.
R.A. Dickey was once a journeyman, but he is now a solid number 2 starter. It all changed for Robert Allen when he discovered the knuckleball. Unlike other knuckleball pitchers, Dickey seems to have a splendid amount of control and has improved in each season that he has spent with the baseball club. Can the improvement continue? It is possible he takes the #1 slot away from his teammate Johan?
The 2012 New York Mets have plenty of young bats, just eager for a shot at major league baseball. Lucas Duda more than earned his chances in his previous season and will look to put the cherry on top with continued experience. He struggles defensively in the outfield, but his frame, bat speed and eye at the plate indicate that he may have a breakout season as a batter - potentially becoming a true cleanup hitter, the kind that his club has lacked for years.
Another younger baseball player, Ike Davis has an upside as a franchise quality first baseman. Excellent with his glove and possessing tremendous range at the position, the lefty has also got quite a bat. He might not have the same pop as our #4 player, but he can still hold his own as a slugger and will probably hit for a higher average!
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