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Projecting the Mets' lineup

Amazin's have speed atop order, but decline will be rapid if sluggers aren't healthy

Updated: March 31, 2011, 3:21 PM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

If healthy, the New York Mets' lineup figures to be more than sound. But "if healthy" is a big qualifier. Carlos Beltran breaks camp with the Mets with gimpy knees. And on Tuesday, Jason Bay suffered a strained left rib-cage muscle that sent him to the disabled list.

Still, the Mets have a solid 1-2 punch atop the order with speedy switch-hitters Jose Reyes and Angel Pagan. And Ike Davis and Josh Thole proved last year that they can handle major league pitching.

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