Can Marlins challenge Mets in NL East?

December, 17, 2012
12/17/12
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David Wright and Giancarlo Stanton are the highlights of their respective NL East lineups.
The R.A. Dickey trade obviously brightens the Mets' long-term prospects. But what about 2013?

The consensus seems to be the Miami Marlins are destined for last place, with the Mets slotting into fourth. Take a look at the comparative lineups, which feature Giancarlo Stanton and David Wright, then a drop in talent.

Miami is still looking for a low-cost third baseman, while the Mets still need to add at least one righty-hitting outfielder capable of starting as well as a veteran challenger for Jenrry Mejia as fifth starter.

The departed Dickey, it should be noted, is 10-2 with a 2.87 ERA in 15 career appearances (13 starts) against the Marlins.

Marlins projected lineup

Juan Pierre, lf
Donovan Solano, 2b
Justin Ruggiano, cf
Stanton, rf
Logan Morrison, 1b
Rob Brantly, c
Greg Dobbs/Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3b
Adeiny Hechavarria, ss

Ricky Nolasco
Jacob Turner
Nate Eovaldi
Henderson Alvarez
Wade LeBlanc/Alex Sanabia/Brad Hand/Tom Koehler

Steve Cishek, closer

Mets projected lineup

Ruben Tejada, ss
Daniel Murphy, 2b
Wright, 3b
Ike Davis, 1b
John Buck, c
Lucas Duda, lf
Mike Baxter, rf
Kirk Nieuwenhuis, cf

Jon Niese
Matt Harvey
Johan Santana
Dillon Gee
Mejia

Frank Francisco, closer
Adam Rubin has covered the Mets since 2003. He's a graduate of Mepham High School on Long Island and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He joined ESPNNewYork after spending 10 years at the New York Daily News.
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TEAM LEADERS

BA LEADER
Daniel Murphy
BA HR RBI R
.284 7 38 57
OTHER LEADERS
HRL. Duda 16
RBIL. Duda 51
RD. Murphy 57
OPSL. Duda .850
WB. Colon 9
ERAJ. Niese 3.13
SOZ. Wheeler 112