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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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WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 21: Todd Frazier #21 of the New York Mets is tagged out at home by Spencer Kieboom #64 of the Washington Nationals during the third inning at Nationals Park on September 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Performance Versus the NL East in 2018

Something we don’t hear much about with the Mets is how well they performed against the NL East in 2018. Of course, several of the key teams have improved this offseason. Still, for a fourth-place team to do as much damage as they did is pretty impressive.

Among NL East squads, only the Braves had a winning record versus the Mets in 2018. New York went only 6-13 versus the division champs. Atlanta had their numbers in 2018. If the Mets can at least play closer to .500 baseball, the improvement will show in the standings.

As expected, the Mets performed well against the last-place Marlins with a 12-7 record against the basement dwellers of the NL East. They should do better in 2019 now that they’ve sold off even more talent.

When up against the Nationals and Phillies, the Mets went 11-8 versus both. It’s not a runaway victory by any stretch. However, with both teams in the playoff hunt for a big chunk of the year, the Mets surely contributed to their falls. Both teams have added to their roster this winter. Even so, the Mickey Callaway led Mets showed us last year that they are no doormat. They can beat two of their biggest rivals.

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The National League East is one of the toughest divisions in baseball. Four teams have a chance to win it. The Mets are one of them. A lot will need to go well for it to happen and as I said before, there’s finally room for plenty to go wrong and still see them on the NL East’s Iron Throne after game 162.

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