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Mets: Do They Have a Pirates Problem?

Published by on June 3, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - MLB

This is not a reference to the fact that the Mets have just lost two games to the Pittsburgh Pirates. It is, in fact, about something deeper: the Mets now have a line-up that is too much like the Pirates'.

That's not because the Mets have skimped on cheap replacement players like the Pirates have. The Mets have good players with the second highest payroll in Major League Baseball. The problem was that most of those players haven't been available due to injuries in this series.

The Mets' Carlos Beltran is more than a match for the Bucs' Nasty Nate McLouth, but Beltran wasn't playing, and McLouth was—ditto for Ryan Church, who in 2007 looked to be the "new Nady" (the original was traded to the Pirates for Ro...

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