As always, there are some critics out there who say the mets have "too weak" of a pitching staff to last a full season, and that can be aruged if you look at last seasons collapse. But how can you make that argument now that they have Johan Santana? Heres a guy who gives 200+ innings a year and probably 7+ Ks a game. The mets now have 5 Cy Young awards on their pitching staff, in addtion to a rising star in John Maine. El Duque and Perez make up one of the best 4-5 combos in the league. Their pitching staff is too good to not lead them to a title.
And even those that argue that their pitchers cant win games for them, their hitters can. Just look at their infield: Jose Reyes, the best base stealer in the MLB, David Wright, one of the best 3B in the league both fielding and hitting, Luis Castillo, at 2nd, a solid hitter and fielder, and Carlos Delgado at 1st, who is a dangerous threat to hit a HR every time he steps to the plate. Add Brian Schneider at catcher and you have a pretty solid infield. And thats not even counting the outfield. Carlos Beltran is one of the best CFs in the game, and also one of the best hitters. Moises Alou proved last year that he can still hit even though he's in his 40s (he had the longest hitting streak of the year last year). Ryan Church can both hit and field solidly from LF, and Endy Chavez, probably the league's best 4th OF, can sub for any of them for a rest day or an injury without worry, which few teams can claim. The Mets hitting and pitching will propel them into the World Series and to a world series title.