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Top 5 New York Mets Fill-Ins For First Half Of 2014

Top 5 New York Mets Fill-Ins for First Half of 2014

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The New York Mets entered the season already depleted after losing their ace Matt Harvey at the end of the 2013 season. To make matters worse other injuries occurred and several players didn't play up to expectations. Here are five unexpected players who helped keep the team afloat in the first half.

5. Bobby Abreu

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5. Bobby Abreu

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Abreu wasn't even on the Opening Day roster. But poor performances by Chris Young and Curtis Granderson along with injuries to Eric Young Jr. and Juan Lagares made him necessary. Abreu's stats won't blow you away, but he was for a period of time one of the hottest hitters on the team.

4. Daisuke Matsuzaka

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4. Daisuke Matsuzaka

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Going into the 2014 season, Dice-K was expected to be the long man in the bullpen and not make much of any impact. With Harvey already out for the entire season, Dillion Gee and then Jonathon Niese managed to find their way onto the DL, requiring the Mets to Dice-K into the rotation. In eight starts this season, Dice-K has an adequate ERA of 4.34.

3. Eric Campbell

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3. Eric Campbell

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Campbell was called up to majors in early May to fill as the team needed a position player. He has played mainly the corner infield positions and most notably filled in at third while David Wright was injured. In the 41 games the rookie has played he's hit .343.

2. Jacob deGrom

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2. Jacob deGrom

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deGrom made his major league debut this season against the New York Yankees in the middle of May after Dillion Gee went down with an injury. The rookie started his career with four straight quality outings, but went 0-2 due to bad luck/play around him. In 12 starts this season, deGrom is 3-5 with an ERA of 3.18. He just may have earned a permanent spot in the future.

1. Jenrry Mejia

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1. Jenrry Mejia

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Since being called up in 2010, Mejia's career has been derailed by injuries and poor performances. This season he was expected to be in the rotation but couldn't go deep into games and was moved to the bullpen. With Bobby Parnell out for the season and a few veterans not working out, Mejia was placed into the closer's role. He has been virtually lights-out, converting 10 of 11 save opportunities and may even keep the job after this season.

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