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New York Mets: First-Half Report Card

New York Mets: First-Half Report Card

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The New York Mets came into the 2014 season with relatively low expectations. The team hasn't made the playoffs since 2006, and their ace Matt Harvey is out for the season. Let's look at the team's first-half report card to see how they've compare to expectations so far.

Starting Pitching: A-

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Starting Pitching: A-

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Despite not having their ace this season, the starting rotation is definitely a strength of the team. This is one of the best rotations in baseball, and it has managed to keep the team afloat even with injuries and occasional poor outings by starters.

Relief Pitching: A-

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Relief Pitching: A-

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At the beginning of the season, the Mets' bullpen appeared as if it would be a major weakness of the team. However, the Mets managed to perform a major overhaul on the pen, and now have one of the best one-two punches in the league in Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia.

Offense: B-

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Offense: B-

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The jury is still out on this lineup. For most of the season, the Mets' lineup has been the Achilles' heel of the team. However, the offense appears to have turned it around recently. This recent hot streak may have been good enough to bump their grade up at the moment, but can they continue this success going into the second half?

Defense: B

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Defense: B

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The defense on this team is adequate -- not great, but not terrible. The Mets rank near the middle of the pack in errors and a little bit better in fielding percentage. The team is comprised of mostly competent, but not extraordinary position players.

Overall: B

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Overall: B

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The New York Mets do not appear to be playoff-bound. But they also don't appear destined to finish in the cellar. Due to a hot streak going into the All-Star break, the Mets have performed perhaps a little better than expected. However, the team has a history of ruining strong first halves with terrible second halves. But at the moment, this team is competitive and just slightly overachieving.

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