By Nick Villano @nick_villano on March 14, 2014
The New York Mets are coming into this season with marred expectations. General manager Sandy Alderson claimed he "expects" his team to get 90 wins. He may be a little out of his mind, but either way, he caused many to have a certain set of expectations for this season. That will come with criticisms of the team and its players.
These are the five most criticized Mets in the 2014 season.
Curtis Granderson was this season's big acquisition for the Mets. He came in on a four year deal to be the cornerstone of this franchise along with David Wright. He is coming from the hated New York Yankees and will be expected to produce right away. The microscope will be on Granderson, especially after a terrible, injury plagued 2013. He needs to have a very good 2014 to have no criticism from the New York media.
Ike Davis was supposed to be the first baseman of the future. While he is technically the starting first baseman, he may be the worst first baseman in the majors. There was talk that the Mets were looking to trade the 26 year old, but there was no interest. He needs to stay healthy and find his power numbers again, or he may become the most hated Met by season's end.
With the loss of Matt Harvey to Tommy John surgery, the onus for the future of the rotation falls on Zack Wheeler. While Harvey will be back someday, Wheeler is all the Mets' fans have to be excited about their future. He is going to attempt to become the anchor for what could be a decent pitching staff.
Bobby Parnell missed half of last season with injuries, and now he is set to be the closer of a depleted bullpen. There aren't many names that anyone would know setting up, so the closer needs to be the most secure position. They cannot afford to lose any games in the ninth inning.
David Wright is the face of the franchise. He is as much Mr. Met as their mascot is, and he signed the largest contract in Mets history. All eyes will be on him this season to see how he reacts to carrying the team once again. He will be criticized if he does not do everything perfect. That is what comes with making million in New York.
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