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New York Mets from A to Z: What we should expect from them in 2019

WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 28: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals on Opening Day at Nationals Park on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 28: Robinson Cano #24 of the New York Mets celebrates after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Washington Nationals on Opening Day at Nationals Park on March 28, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
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BOSTON, MA – September 15: Brandon Nimmo #9 of the New York Mets reacts as he rounds the bases after hitting a three-run home run in the fourth inning of a game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on September 15, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images)

H: Hitting

Last season, the Mets ranked 23rd in total runs scored and second to last in team batting average. It is imperative that this trend not continue into 2019. Returning hitters such as Conforto, Brandon Nimmo, and Rosario, must improve their consistency. Newly acquired players like Robinson Cano and Jed Lowrie will also be helpful in boosting a poor offense.

I: Injuries

If the Mets’ truly hope to contend for a postseason berth in 2019, they must overcome their recent injury issues. Todd Frazier and Jed Lowrie are already hurt. Players like Noah Syndergaard, Zack Wheeler, Travis d’Arnaud, and Juan Lagares also have considerable injury histories. Losing any of their key players could prove devastating for a team fighting through a gauntlet in the NL East.

J: Juan Lagares

This season will be a make or break year for Lagares. Since his Gold Glove-winning season in 2014, the outfielder has struggled to maintain consistent playing time. Center field is the weakest position in the Mets’ lineup. Lagares must fend off newcomer Keon Broxton if he hopes to resurrect his career in the Big Apple.

K: Ks

New York boasts one of the most intimidating pitching units in baseball. Their four-headed group of young starters combined with a deep bullpen should lead the team to a top-five finish in most major team pitching statistics.

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