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Apr 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) and left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate scoring during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 25, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) and left fielder Michael Conforto (30) celebrate scoring during the seventh inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports
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As the month of May approaches, the Mets have shown that opposing teams should not only fear their pitching, but their offense

Neil Walker, Yoenis Cespedes, and Michael Conforto have been leading the offensive surge that fans have not only desired for so long but could become the missing puzzle piece that could help this club become World Series champions.

This hitting and home run juggernaut has softened the blow of a pitching staff that, although the best in baseball, has yet to truly perform at its highest level, with the notable exception of Noah Syndergaard.

Perhaps the real surprise offensively has been Walker. The trade for Walker in the offseason was, unfortunately, overshadowed by the announcement that Yoenis Cespedes would be returning to the team. And the Mets are realizing now just how valuable Walker is. In addition to being an extremely competent fielder, Walker has made history for the Mets in ways the front office never dreamed of.

His nine home runs thus far are the second-most in the league, tied with Bryce Harper. These are the types of statistics that should excite the fan base, as this is a sign of the special season that is to come.

Although Cespedes had a subpar postseason (and was hurt during it), fans were hopeful he would return to the type of monster at the plate he was during the second half of the 2015 regular season. He has not let the fans down in this regard. Fresh off the heels of a game in which he had six RBIs, including a grand slam, Cespedes is cementing his status one of the elite power hitters in the game.

Conforto has benefited from Cespedes’ reputation, as he was switched to the third spot in the batting order, ahead of the formidable cleanup hitter. It is safe to say that pitchers are very careful when Conforto is at the plate, knowing the threat that is coming up next. And this change in the batting order has given the talented Conforto the boost that he has needed, as he is hitting over .300 and coming through in the clutch.

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These positive offensive contributions, along with table setters such as Curtis Granderson, have given the Mets the proper type of offense to complement the dominant pitching, although the pitching is not yet where it needs to be.

Additionally, the improvement of the bullpen should not be taken for granted, evidenced by the mostly dominant Addison Reed. The phrase “perfect storm” is used to describe several actions occurring at once, often with a negative impact. In the Mets’ case, this perfect storm could not be more positive. It looks like Citi Field will definitely be open for business come October.

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