The New York Mets improved to 40-30 on Tuesday night, gaining ground on the Atlanta Braves and moving back to within 1.5 games back in the NL East.

After a successful 7-2 road trip which included back-to-back sweeps, the Mets are now on a roll and they are looking to finish the first half of the season strong.

I caught up with several Mets (David Wright, Johan Santana, Jason Bay, Jeff Francoeur, and Ike Davis) before Tuesday’s victory against Detroit at Citi Field to gauge the expectations among the players about just how far this team can go in 2010.

From Santana saying the Mets have assembled a team good enough to win it all to Bay saying the team hasn’t even hit its best form yet, there is certainly a vein of confidence running through the heart of the team.

This is what the players had to say about the expectations heading in to the All-Star break.

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