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Alou could make Mets' lineup even more formidable

Filled with threats throughout, the Mets' everyday lineup is one that will need to drive them in their pursuit of a second straight trip to the postseason.

Originally Published: February 7, 2007
By John Shea | Special to ESPN.com

The Mets haven't exactly loaded up on starting pitchers this offseason. They struck out on Barry Zito and got outbid for the right to negotiate with Daisuke Matsuzaka. Their biggest signing of a starting pitcher was the re-signing of 40-year-old Tom Glavine.

As a result, more pressure will be on the everyday lineup to stay hot and help the Mets take a step beyond 2006 and move past the National League Championship Series, in which they lost in seven games to the Cardinals.

Two winters ...

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