The 2012 New York Mets finished in fourth place in the National League East with a record of 74-88, but not every member of the team had a bad season. Here are my top five Mets from this past season.
Matt Harvey (SP) --Harvey, who was called up at the end of July, struck out 11 Arizona Diamondbacks in his Major League debut (one of my top five Mets moments of the season). He flashed his huge upside in a few other starts and finished the season with an earned run average of 2.73 and 70 strikeouts in 59.1 innings pitched. Harvey will make a run at the starting rotation in Spring Training.
Ike Davis (1B) -- Davis salvaged his season with a second-half surge that saw him belt 20 home runs. After batting under .200 through May, he finished the year with a team-high 32 homers and 90 RBIs. Forget his .227 average, as his track record suggests an improvement in 2013. Remember, the sure-handed first baseman is only 25-years old. His best days probably are ahead of him.
Jonathon Niese (SP) -- Overshadowed by R.A. Dickey was the improvement of Niese, who set career bests across the board, including in wins (13), earned run average (3.40) and strikeouts (155). The underrated lefty could be a mainstay in the Mets' rotation for years to come. Signed to an extension prior to this season, the soon-to-be 26-year-old Niese is under contract through 2016.
David Wright (3B) -- Wright was the team MVP in the first half of the season. He batted a sizzling .351 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs before the All-Star break. Although he tailed off in the second half (.258 BA), his overall numbers were solid (.306-21-93) and he established franchise records for most runs scored, base hits and RBIs. The Mets can't extend his contract soon enough.
R.A. Dickey (SP) --Dickey had a season for the ages (and aged). The 37-year-old won 20 games -- the first Mets pitcher to do so since Frank Viola in 1990 -- and set a franchise record for consecutive scoreless innings at 32.2. Furthermore, he ranked in the league's top three in all the major pitching categories. Dickey is poised to win the team's first Cy Young Award since Dwight Gooden in 1985.
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Adam Martini is a freelance sportswriter who grew up in Queens, N.Y. with a view of Shea Stadium from his bedroom window. He spent many nights in the upper deck at Shea rooting for the Mets. Adam follows back Mets fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.