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New York Mets: Five keys for a more successful season in 2019

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets speaks to the media prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 30, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Mickey Callaway #36 of the New York Mets speaks to the media prior to a game against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 30, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
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2) The Bullpen improves in a big way

Last year was an atrocious year for the Mets’ bullpen, to say the least. They always found a way to blow very winnable games. So far this offseason, the bullpen is trending in the right direction. With the addition of young superstar closer Edwin Diaz, and the signing of former and now current Met, Jeurys Familia, the bullpen surely looks better from the outside.

Still, nothing is set in stone and things can, and probably will change from here until April. But, the basics are there and it is looking good for a bounce-back year for the bullpen.

If Seth Lugo and Robert Gsellman can live up to their potential, and Diaz and Familia continue to play like All-Stars, the Mets have a really good bullpen.

1) Health is not an issue

We all know the story. Health has always been an issue for the New York Mets. Whenever a star player comes off the Disabled List, another star player goes on it. It’s like a never-ending carousel for the Mets.

Admittedly, all MLB teams have health issues from time to time, but the Mets just seem to have more than the norm. For what it’s worth, the Mets did revamp their health and wellness staff in hopes of limiting disabled list stints.

If the Mets can stay healthy and stay on the field, they have a really good chance at succeeding in 2019. But it’s a big IF!

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