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New York Mets biggest competition for a playoff spot this season

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PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
PORT ST. LUCIE, FL - MARCH 05: Ball and gloves of the New York Mets sit in the dugout before a game against the Washington Nationals at Digital Domain Park on March 5, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. The Nationals defeated the Mets 3-1. (Photo by Sarah Glenn/Getty Images)
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NEW YORK, NY – AUGUST 04: Michael Conforto #30 of the New York Mets takes the field before the start of a game against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on August 4, 2016 in the Bronx borough of New York City. The Mets defeated the Yankees 4-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

The New York Mets have playoff aspirations for 2019. However, these National League foes may get in their way.

As a new season begins for the New York Mets, the 2019 outlook for the National League is not as bleak as in years past.  The NL East is rife with talent and the NL Wildcard picture looks to be vastly competitive. The Mets hope to be directly in the middle of this competition. Here are the five teams that they will find the most challenging in competing against.

The Mets are in search of a competitive season, building off their successful end to 2018, after a poor 2017 and a tumultuous start to 2018. There are many reasons that the team can be potentially revitalized this season, none of which is more present than their depth. It is obvious that newly-hired GM Brodie VanWagenen made a concerted effort this offseason to gain much more depth and flexibility for the club.

Whether it came in the form of trades fro Keon Broxton and J.D. Davis or simply the myriad of minor league contracts that were signed, including Rajai Davis, Gregor Blanco, and Luis Avilan, among many others. The Mets appear to be more well-suited to weather the storm of a lengthy season. Therefore, they will not be reliant on the entire roster to stay healthy – an impossibility – nor will they be forced to sign the likes of Jose Bautista or Austin Jackson during the season.

The one problem that arises, however, is the sheer number of good, competitive teams in the National League and especially in the Eastern Division. It will take much work to gain a postseason berth, as compared with seasons past. Therefore, it would be helpful to break down the teams that the Mets must face, as Mets fans will have a vested interest in these clubs’ success throughout the year.

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