Mets Key Learnings: First Half

So, what have we learned after a little more than half a season of watching Mets baseball?

Here are few things …

The Phillies are no longer the Phillies.

The Nationals are legitimate contenders.

The Mets may play meaningful games in September.

R.A. Dickey is usually unhittable; when he’s not, he’s simply the best pitcher in baseball.

Disney is way behind on the R.A. Dickey movie.

Ruben Tejada is a legit MLB shortstop.

Daniel Murphy is not Dan Uggla.

Lucas Duda is either the next Adam Dunn or the next Gary Rajsich.

David Wright is awesome again.

Dillon Gee was a competent, reliable innings-eater.

Johan Santana can get by just fine with a 87-MPH fastball.

Jon Rauch is taller than Chris Young.

Frank Francisco is an average MLB closer.

Scott Hairston is the righthanded Babe Ruth.

Miguel Batista is old.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis plays hard, fields well, has some pop, and strikes out a ton.

Angel Pagan > Andres Torres + Ramon Ramirez

What have I missed? Post what you’ve learned in the comments.

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