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"If he's my starter, he owes me 100 pitches"
Yet, a Mets official agreed that, with the pitching staff seemingly an asset, the team’s fortunes will ride most of all on the offensive production (or lack thereof) provided by Travis d’Arnaud, the first-base position, Ruben Tejada and Chris Young.
Why those spots? Because d’Arnaud possesses high upside, according to countless baseball folks who have watched him, as well as the catcher’s minor league numbers. And because first-base candidates Ike Davis and Lucas Duda have posted respectable offensive big league seasons relative to their positions, as have Tejada and Young.
With the Mets set for its first full-squad workout Saturday, hitting coach Dave Hudgens will formally begin his effort to develop and/or rebuild these key assets. Here are his takes on this critical quintet:
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