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Mets: Five reasons they can win the National League East in 2019

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates the 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves with Ozzie Virgil Sr after the game on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 26: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets celebrates the 3-0 win over the Atlanta Braves with Ozzie Virgil Sr after the game on September 26,2018 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 04: Jeff McNeil #68 of the New York Mets advances to third base on Austin Jackson #16 single in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field on August 4, 2018 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

New York Mets General Manager Brodie Van Wagenen has said his team is the one to beat in the National League East. These five factors could help those words become truth.

Do I believe the New York Mets will win the National League East in 2019? Don’t put a gun to my head and make me answer honestly.

Optimistically, I would prefer to write about a team that goes deep into the postseason. There’s something straining about watching an organization that’s out of the playoff hunt by early July. After predictions of where the veterans they’re selling before the trade deadline will go, there isn’t much juice for the next two months.

For the sake of argument and to convince myself 2019 will be better for the Mets than 2018 was, I am ready to make some arguments in favor of the blue and orange capturing the division. I’m not foolish enough yet to say the pennant. We’ll need to see how this overhauled roster performs together and how each of their rivals does, too.

To answer the question honestly, I don’t think the Mets will win the NL East. I think they can, though.

How many times has a favorite finished below .500 with an underdog coming out on top? It happens regularly in baseball.

The Washington Nationals looked like the only strong team in the division last year and yet they barely beat out the Philadelphia Phillies for second place. The Atlanta Braves ran away with the division late while the Mets fought to get to .500 and the Miami Marlins threw in the towel early.

Like any team, a lot needs to go right for the Mets to win the division. Fortunately, they now have room for mistakes.

These five factors may put them over the top.

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