New York Mets Season Preview: The Infield

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Eric Hartline-USATODAY Sports

The New York Mets will likely struggle with offensive production this season. After losing Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey to a trade and ace Johan Santana to a season ending injury, the rotation, which was a strong point last season, is destined to take step back. The rotation should be solid still, but the Mets will need their strong infield to carry the team offensively.

New York’s outfield is not expected to do much this season, but the infield could be one of the best in the National League. New team captain David Wright will provide leadership among the group with his all-around ability in the field and at the plate.

First baseman Ike Davis enters his fourth season in MLB hoping to makeup for a dismal start to last season. Davis was one of the worst everyday hitters in the league during the first half of last season, but wound up hitting .227 after a late-season surge.

Daniel Murphy appears to be ready to start at second base after missing most of spring training with a ribcage injury, and has been a legitimate contact hitter when healthy. Ruben Tejada hit for .289 last seasons while starting at short for the team — impressive, considering how weak the lineup was at times.

The infield has room for improvement as a defensive unit, but could be one of the best the team has had in recent memory. The Mets will need as much help as it can get from the infield, and will go as far as David Wright and company takes them.

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