Originally written June 30, 2012 on Mets360.com:
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The Mets are 42-36 as the All Star break draws nearer.  It’s become clear that they will be in the market for one or more relievers, with their eyes on a closer who might be more effective than the hit-or-miss Frank Francisco.  They also need to be a little worried about the rotation as pitchers like Gee and Young cannot be counted on long-term and Johan’s arm is not going to last forever.  Before we focus on what could be, let us focus on all the good things that ARE. Storylines:  Johan Santana is back, healthy and effective R.A. Dickey looks like a star David Wright is leading the team offensively Lucas Duda continues to produce at the big-league level Ike Davis is pulling out of his slump Jon Niese continues to improve his game Kirk Nieuwenhuis quickly made us say, “Jason Bay, who?” Scott Hairston obliterates all lefties Ruben Tejada is holding his own Dillon Gee hasn’t imploded Chris Young’s arm hasn’t fallen off… again Daniel Murphy is not a complete and total bu...
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