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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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PORT ST. LUCIE, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 21: Zack Wheeler #45 of the New York Mets poses for a photo on Photo Day at First Data Field on February 21, 2019 in Port St. Lucie, Florida. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

X: X-Factor

Players like Ben Zobrist and Marwin Gonzalez have become tremendously valuable due to their ability to play all over the baseball diamond. The Mets plan to deploy Jeff McNeil in that role this season. While he will start the season at third base, once Frazier and Lowrie are able to return, he can still shift around the infield and outfield.

Y: Yoenis

It was not so long ago that Yoenis Cespedes was the most popular player in a Mets uniform. His 2015 heroics carried the Mets offense to an improbable World Series run. Fast forward a few seasons and it seems as though many Mets have forgotten Cespedes is still a part of the team. Injuries to both heels leave his availability for the 2019 season in doubt. If he can recover late in the season, his bat would be a welcome addition.

Z: Zack Wheeler

The Mets are famous for their aces deGrom and Syndergaard. However, most casual fans don’t give Wheeler the credit he deserves. There were few pitchers in baseball who played as well as Wheeler after the All-Star break last season. He finished the 2018 season with a dozen wins, a solid 3.31 ERA, and 179 strikeouts. He also led the major leagues with the lowest percentage of hard-hit balls allowed (24.85). If everything breaks right, Wheeler has the potential to make a dark-horse run at a Cy Young award.

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