Three keys for Mets to win the NL East

Here are three keys for the Mets as they begin the second half of the season against the Pirates on Friday night in Pittsburgh.

1. Keep those horses going

Jacob deGrom and Taijuan Walker pitched at All-Star levels in the first half and Marcus Stroman wasn’t far behind. That trio will need to keep up the good work.

Jacob deGrom
Jacob deGrom
Bill Kostroun

It speaks volumes the Mets didn’t have an All-Star position player. Francisco Lindor, Michael Conforto, Dominic Smith and Jeff McNeil need to produce at higher levels in the second half than they did in the first.

3. How about another arm?

Carlos Carrasco’s return near the end of the month will help, but another arm for the rotation or bullpen (or both) would provide a level of comfort for manager Luis Rojas.

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