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Monday, December 17, 2012
Can Marlins challenge Mets in NL East?

By Adam Rubin

USA Today Sports
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

Frank Francisco, closer