Last year it was the Phils' Jimmy Rollins. This year it's Carlos Beltran. The acquisition of ace Johan Santana has Beltran boldly ordaining the Mets as "the team to beat."
Mets leadoff hitter Jose Reyes has pledged to raise his on-base percentage, but the results have yet to come, writes Bob Klapisch.
With the season drawing closer, the Mets can only hope Kaz Ishii is a help rather than a hindrance.
Much of the Mets' hopes this season rides on Jose Reyes' and Kaz Matsui's successful flip-flop.