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New York Mets – Team to Beat in the MLB

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New York sports fans should be singing praises to sports gods right about now. This past week has been rather miraculous for them, after all. First, their beloved Giants overthrow what most would call a dynasty in the New England Patriots, winning their first Super Bowl in almost 2 decades. Then, Mets faithful received more good news – Johann Santana signed a 7-year deal. What more could you possible want in a week?

Now that football season is over and done with, we can allocate our full attention on the upcoming baseball season. After last year, the Mets really needed something to get over their catastrophic pre-playoff meltdown – What was it? A 7-game lead with 8 to play? Something like that. But, Mets fans can put all of that behind them as the best pitcher in baseball is coming in to bolster an already star-studded lineup. Along with Santana, the Mets boast two other potential all-star pitchers in Pedro Martinez (one of the best when he’s healthy) and El Duke Hernandez. That rotation could compete with any rotation in the entire league.

That being said, take a look at the rest of the Mets lineup and you’ll quickly see why the Mets are going to be one of the best in baseball this year. Billy Wagner, David Wright, Jose Reyes, Carlos Delgado, Carlos Beltran and Moises Alou – in these players the Mets have a hall of fame closer and 5 other perennial all-stars. They have speed, they have defense and they definitely have power. That, coupled with Santana and the rest of the pitching staff, makes up a dangerous team.

So New York fans, again, you have a lot to be thankful for. I do not see many teams in the National League being able to contend with that kind of talent. Get ready for a good season and deep playoff run.


Nishan Wilde is VP of Sales for  Robbins Sports and Athletics, an online resource for Basketball Uniforms, Baseball Uniforms and Track Uniforms.