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The New York Mets’ 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

New York Mets: 5 Most Irreplaceable Players Right Now

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Although things are starting to look pretty bleak again for the New York Mets, like every team, they have players who are virtually irreplaceable. Without these players, the Mets could find themselves in an even more dire situation than they currently do. While a few of them may seem obvious, there are also a few on the list who you might not expect. Click through the slideshow to find out who those players are.

5. Daisuke Matsuzaka

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5. Daisuke Matsuzaka

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It's quite the indictment on the current Mets' roster that the fifth most irreplaceable player is a middle reliever with 20 innings under his belt, but alas, that's the situation that surrounds the Amazins these days. Matsuzaka has been a revelation for the shaky New York pen, posting a 2.25 ERA and only allowing eight hits in those 20 innings of work. While he still walks far too many batters, without Dice-K, the Mets' pen would be even worse.

4. Daniel Murphy

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4. Daniel Murphy

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Daniel Murphy has been a good soldier for the Mets these last few years and, while he's clearly got his limitations, he's still one of the Mets' most irreplaceable players. Murphy isn't the greatest defender, but he works his tail off at it and, coupled with being near the top of the league in hits, he's one of the few hitters in the lineup pulling his weight. Without his bat at the top of the lineup, it's scary to think of how ugly it would be.

3. Dillon Gee

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3. Dillon Gee

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Ironically enough, Gee is currently on the disabled list and you're seeing exactly why he's one of the most irreplaceable members of the team. The Mets have entered in their customary downward spiral recently, and it coincided with Gee's trip to the DL with a lat injury. Gee has a 2.73 ERA to go with a sparkling 1.06 WHIP and was arguably New York's best and most consistent starter before the injury.

2. Juan Lagares

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2. Juan Lagares

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Juan Lagares is perhaps the Mets' best young position player, which makes it even more puzzling as to why manager Terry Collins recently sat him for four games in a five-day stretch. Lagares is already arguably the best defensive outfielder in baseball and, solely because of the value his glove carries, he should be out there every day. Of course, his .314 AVG and .842 OPS don't hurt, but he is easily one of the most irreplaceable players.

1. David Wright

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1. David Wright

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Even with early-season struggles, David Wright is still the clear cut most irreplaceable player on the Mets' roster. Wright is not only the face of the franchise, but he's far and away its best overall player. When he went down in two of the last three seasons, the team didn't have anyone to adequately replace him. Wright is still hitting .293, despite not hitting for power and losing him would pretty much be the nail in the Mets' coffin.