“When you have no expectations, you’ll never be disappointed.” Those were the words of Vince Vaughn during his role as Peter LaFleur in the movie Dodgeball.

So, if the New York Mets enter the 2013 season with the intention of being mediocre while waiting until their bevy of talented prospects are ready to contribute, then the season will be the fifth consecutive sub-.500 campaign to begin the Citi Field era.

If they use the 2012 Oakland Athletics as a blueprint, however, they can be a surprise contender in 2013.

There are a number of players that under-performed for the Mets last season, and they can significantly improve the team next year if they play up to their talent level.

Here are five players that will determine whether the Mets will battling with the Miami Marlins for last place next season or if they will be fighting with the Washington Nationals for first place in the NL East.  

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