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Top 5 Things From First Half to Remember About the New York Mets

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Top 5 Things From First Half to Remember About the New York Mets

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A little more than halfway through the 2014 MLB season, the New York Mets find themselves in fourth place and 10 games behind the Atlanta Braves in the NL East. At 37-48, this season has been less than memorable. Here are five things Mets fans will remember about the first half of the season.

5.) Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave

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5.) Daniel Murphy's Paternity Leave

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Daniel Murphy missed the first two games of the season while with his wife and newborn son, Noah. His decision to put his family above the team riled up New York sports personalities -- most notably Boomer Esiason. Long story short: Esiason apologized, Murphy has played every game since and currently leads the National League in hits.

4.) David Wright's Slow Start and Injury

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4.) David Wright's Slow Start and Injury

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On opening day, David Wright had three hits, one of which was a home run. He fell into a slump and didn't hit another until May 10. Wright is the focal point of this lineup, but with a lack of protection, he has hit only six home runs so far this season. The most alarming part of that was he has only hit two home runs away from Citi Field. Wright has missed the last six games with a shoulder injury and is trying to avoid a trip to the DL.

3.) The Surprisingly Good Bullpen

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3.) The Surprisingly Good Bullpen

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Going into the 2014 season, nobody expected much from the Mets' bullpen. But on opening day, closer Bobby Parnell went down with a season-ending injury and everything changed. After experimenting with washed-up veterans, the Mets managed to find a solid one-two punch with Jeurys Familia as setup guy and Jenrry Mejia as closer.

2.) Bartolo Colon is an Ageless Wonder

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2.) Bartolo Colon is an Ageless Wonder

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At age 40, Bartolo Colon had a pretty good season with the Oakland Athletics in 2013. But a two-year contract for a 40-year-old? So far Colon is pitching as well, if not better than his significantly younger teammates. He also leads the team in innings pitched with 106. Not bad for a guy who started his career while most of his teammates were still in little league.

1.) The Terrible Offense

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1.) The Terrible Offense

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Sorry to end on a negative, but this team is 11 games under .500 and 10 games out of first place. The offense has been truly terrible so far in 2014. Free agent Chris Young has been a complete waste of money, Curtis Granderson just showed up a little while ago and David Wright is struggling without any protection. The only real positive for this offense is Daniel Murphy.

Alex Susskind is a sportswriter for rantsports.com. Follow him on Twitter and join his Google network.