If the New York Mets want to make the playoffs for a third straight season, there’s a few guys who really have to come up big.
New York Mets fans know the story all too well. Overwhelming preseason predictions – concocted through sometimes delusional fan optimism – are quickly shot down by disabled list stints and underwhelming play on the Citi Field grass and dirt.
But look out, as this Sandy Alderson and Terry Collins-led squad has reached the postseason each of the last two seasons for just the second time in franchise history.
Beyond that bunch, there’s plenty of talent and big-time ability, but a cloud off uncertainty hovers over a few guys that could make or break the 2017 season based on their performances.
Those players are what we call the X-factors for the team in Queens.