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.
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.
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Hot Stove Heaters
Leading up to when pitchers and catchers begin reporting to their respective camps, ESPN.com offers a Hot Stove Heaters series on the 25 hottest topics in baseball. Follow along as we get you ready for the start of spring training.
• Jan. 11: Ballpark
• Jan. 12: Future new city for an MLB team
• Jan. 15: Rookie likely to begin '07 in majors
• Jan. 16: Prospect likely to start '07 in minors
• Jan. 17: Offseason pitcher acquisition
• Jan. 18: Offseason position-player acquisition
• Jan. 19: Future new commissioner
• Jan. 22: General manager
• Jan. 23: Manager
• Jan. 24: Division
• Jan. 25: Team
• Jan. 26: Farm system
• Jan. 29: Debate
• Jan. 30: Innovation
• Jan. 31: Trend
• Feb. 1: Milestone
• Feb. 2: Statistic
• Feb. 5: Story
• Feb. 6: Rumor
• Feb. 7: Everyday lineup
• Feb. 8: Infield
• Feb. 9: Outfield
• Feb. 12: Rotation
• Feb. 13: Bullpen
• Feb. 14: Overall player