The starting pitching performed better than expected. The hitting not as well as expected. But, when all was said and done, the New York Mets finished just about where many predicted: having flirted with .500, then dipped below that break-even mark.
"It was the opposite of what we thought in spring training," GM Omar Minaya said. "The pitching has been great. But, from an offensive standpoint, we haven't been able to produce the way we thought we could."