2014 is upon us and everyone seems to have some resolutions for the new year. Those resolutions usually only last a few weeks, but some manage to make theirs last the whole year. The New York Mets enter the new year hoping to build a playoff contender this season, and with that in mind Mets 101 has a few resolutions for the New York Mets to try and keep this season.
Stick with the Plan: General Manager Sandy Alderson has kept his word this offseason by spending significant money to upgrade the Mets' roster. The additions of Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon are a good start, but the Mets still have clear deficiencies at shortstop and first base. The Mets believe that trading Ike Davis is the answer at first, and the team remains in the hunt for free agent Stephen Drew at shortstop. If the opportunities to upgrade at those positions present themselves, the Mets should take them to stick with their turnaround plan. Addressing these holes now will leave less issues for them to fix going forward.
Hold onto the Right Young Pitching: One thing Alderson has done really well in his tenure is acquire and develop a lot of young pitching. The Mets' system has become one of the most well stocked pitching systems in baseball, and the team has received a lot of phone calls looking for pitching. Right now the Mets have held firm on their young pitching, looking to build an entirely homegrown starting staff. At some point, however, the Mets should trade one of their young arms to acquire an impact hitter. The Mets should aim to hold onto Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey, and Noah Syndergaard to form an elite top three and look to deal some of their excess for another slugger either at the trade deadline or next offseason.
Play Meaningful Games in September: The Mets have stated this is their goal a couple of times but have failed to meet that goal for several years running. The team's additions will give them a chance to compete for a wild card spot in a loaded division, and the Mets could use some meaningful games in September to show fans the plan is working. The Mets haven't been in the pennant chase in September since 2008, and it has been a long six years for Mets fans. Even without Matt Harvey, the Mets should be able to stay in the race on the strength of their pitching staff.
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