The New York Mets are getting healthier and, in turn, better. Here’s what we think they can do with all their returning pieces.

Pitchers and catchers have reported to Port St. Lucie, making the 2017 season officially underway. The New York Mets will be in a race for the National League pennant again with a healthy starting rotation paired with the resigning of star slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

It’s just 49 short days until Opening Day when the Mets will take on the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field – and there are so many questions to be answered between now and then.

How will the injured starters bounce back? Will third baseman David Wright‘s back hold up? Can infielder Jose Reyes be the ultimate utility man? Will – or can – general manager Sandy Alderson move either Jay Bruce and Curtis Granderson out of his outfield?

With the long month-and-a-half of Spring Training still on the horizon, all onlookers can do for now is speculate and make predictions for what the boys in orange and blue can accomplish this season.

So here are five of Elite Sports NY’s boldest predictions for the Metropolitans in 2017.

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