How the Mets will win the World Series

By Eimear Sullivan, Executive Director of ANTRED Social Impact NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Mets, owners of baseball’s best record, are rebuilding their offense, acquiring Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha from the…

How the Mets will win the World Series

By Eimear Sullivan, Executive Director of ANTRED Social Impact

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — The Mets, owners of baseball’s best record, are rebuilding their offense, acquiring Starling Marte, Eduardo Escobar and Mark Canha from the Pittsburgh Pirates for Travis d’Arnaud, Zack Wheeler and Dilson Herrera.

The Mets have long been considered one of the worst teams in baseball. While they have a bullpen with a combined ERA of 3.21, the starting rotation is not impressive.

But the Mets are contending in the NL East, where the team is 13-3 — tied with the Washington Nationals for first place. Here’s how the team got to that point: They were 47-37 when they got star closer Jeurys Familia, who in his first season (after sitting out half of the 2016 season) saved 45 games with a 2.37 ERA. But he’s on the DL now with a shoulder injury.

Signing second baseman Neil Walker last month was a coup because he has been one of the best second basemen in baseball, winning the Gold Glove award last season.

Evan Sernoffsky/AP New York Mets’ Ryan Goins, left, of Canada hits a home run off Chicago Cubs starting pitcher Jon Lester in the fifth inning of a baseball game in New York, Sunday, June 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Habeeb) New York Mets’ Neil Walker gestures after a two-run home run to give the Mets a 4-2 lead against the New York Yankees in the first inning of a baseball game in New York, Friday, Aug. 25, 2017. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens) New York Mets’ Todd Frazier looks on before a baseball game against the Houston Astros in New York, Friday, Aug. 11, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) New York Mets’ Neil Walker, right, is congratulated by Noah Syndergaard, after the Mets defeated the Miami Marlins 2-1 in a baseball game in Miami, Monday, May 1, 2017. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) New York Mets’ Michael Conforto, left, scores on a wild pitch by New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) New York Mets’ Michael Conforto, left, scores on a wild pitch by New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) New York Mets’ Neil Walker, left, celebrates with Todd Frazier after he hit a two-run home run in the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami, Friday, Aug. 4, 2017. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) New York Mets relief pitcher Addison Reed pitches during the first inning of a baseball game against the Miami Marlins in Miami, Monday, Aug. 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) New York Mets’ Consecutive home runs by Lucas Duda and Todd Frazier celebrate a two-run, 5-4 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers in the seventh inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Sunday, July 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) New York Mets’ Jose Reyes high fives teammate Jose Lobaton after getting a catch during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Washington Nationals, Wednesday, June 7, 2017, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass) New York Mets’ outfielder Yoenis Cespedes jumps during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) New York Mets third baseman Todd Frazier hits a solo home run during the sixth inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Sunday, Aug. 20, 2016, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Morry Gash) New York Mets’ Travis d’Arnaud stands on first base after striking out as Pirates shortstop Jordy Mercer waits to field the ball during the seventh inning of a baseball game in Pittsburgh, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2016. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic) Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard delivers a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning of a baseball game in Los Angeles, Friday, June 2, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

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