Originally posted on Mets360.com  |  Last updated 7/14/12
The Mets had an inauspicious beginning to their second half, as they fell to the Atlanta Braves 7-5 on Friday night in a key six-game road series in which they will play three in Atlanta and three in Washington. With both of those teams ahead of the Mets in the NL East standings, this stretch could be a precursor of things to come If the Mets want to keep up this feel-good story and stay in contention, they are going to have to keep getting career seasons from their stars while also making some other changes to keep them in the race.   So, here then are five key storylines to watch in the second half:   Get Bullpen Help S.O.S. Enough cannot be said about the current putridness of the Mets’ bullpen. After the Mets’ bullpen allowed eight walks (after starter Chris Young issued three) in their loss to the Braves, the need for bullpen help cannot be overstated enough. Enough is enough! The Mets rank last in bullpen ERA (4.94), 28th in WHIP (1.48) and 27th in batting average against (.26...
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