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After an offseason that brought them Curtis Granderson and Bartolo Colon, many figure the New York Mets will be a better team in 2014. Noah Syndergaard should debut, Travis d'Arnaud will play his first full season; it's looking much better for Mets fans.
But will they compete for the playoffs and the National League East? That's a different story. General manager Sandy Alderson, however, says that is entirely possible.
Alderson told team executives in a staff meeting this week that the team can and should win 90 games this season. Owner Fred Wilpon reportedly also said 90 is the goal.
"We better win 90," Wilpon told team officials according to the New York Daily News.
90 games? After going 74-88 last season that would require a 16-game improvement. That's a considerable leap.
Now, no one is saying the Mets aren't talented. They could easily be a surprise team this season and post a winning record. That would be an eight-game jump and a huge success by most standards. The Mets, however, appear to expect more.
With Matt Harvey on the mend from Tommy John surgery, a safe bet would put the Mets one year away from being a real contender in the NL East. Could that timeline be pushed up a year? Sure, it's possible.