With nearly everybody picking the Nationals to win the AL East and even the World Series, the Mets went overlooked. After a slow offensive start, New York began hitting on all cylinders after the All-Star break and made some key moves at the trade deadline. Now, the Mets are poised to make a run at their first World Series title since 1986. Here's why they'll win it all.
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This is probably the only team in the postseason that has too many good starting pitcher options. The Mets possess a bottomless pool of young talented hurlers headlined by Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom. At 3.43, their team ERA is fourth-best in the majors, and that doesn't even include Zack Wheeler who was lost for the season after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March. Noah Syndergaard, 22, went 9-7 with a 3.24 ERA. Harvey, 26, went 13-8 with a 2.71 ERA. And deGrom, 27, went 14-8 with a 2.54 ERA. Plus, if that's not enough firepower, they still have Bartolo Colon and Steven Matz
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Big trade for a big bat
The Mets needed to add a big bat at the trade deadline to revive an offense that wasn't able to score many runs. After a reported deal fell through for outfielder Carlos Gomez, it seemed like they had succumbed to another case of the Mets. But as the clock expired, a trade came together for slugger Yoenis Cespedes and quelled concerns this was business as usual in New York. From there, Cespedes set Queens on fire with a second-half performance for the ages -- one so strong that he's been in discussions for the NL MVP award despite only half his stats counting in the NL.
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David Wright has been the face of the Mets since he arrived in New York in 2004. After getting a whiff of the playoffs in 2006, he's missed out on postseason baseball every year since, and he deserves better. New York's beloved third baseman is a seven-time All-Star who's spent his best years on a team that's often been the butt of jokes. After missing all but 38 games this season due to injury, he's ready to punctuate a career that ranks as one of the best in Mets history. Do it for David.
Stick it to the Nats
The Mets need to win World Series so they can rub it in their divisional rivals faces. Every year the Nationals begin the season as the darlings of the NL East, and every year they fall short of expectations. Wouldn't it be terrific if after all those years of getting overlooked, the Mets were the team to make the run to World Series?
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It's time to take back New York
Speaking of sticking it to people, how about sticking it to the Yankees, the Mets' big, mean, bullying older brother who's great at everything and loved by everyone. The Yankees have the most storied history of any team in sports. Babe Ruth, Joe D, Gehrig, Mantle, Jeter, Rivera, Mr. October and November, freaking Jay-Z. With the Yankees getting old and now already eliminated from the postseason, the stage is wide open for the Mets. Time to step up.
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The greatest show on Earth
Because the more Bartolo Colon at-bats the world gets to see the better.