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When you evaluate the Mets chances of seriously challenging the Philadelphia Phillies in the National League East this year, what is the biggest obstacle they need to overcome? While staying healthy would be near the top of many people's lists, in my opinion it all hinges on starting pitching. Outside of Johan Santana, just how much do you trust the two-through-five combination of Mike Pelfrey, Oliver Perez, Jonathan Maine, and Jonathon Niese? The rotation is so desperately weak when compared with those of their closest NL East rivals, who they will play more than any other teams this year. The Florida Marlins have Ricky Nolasco—a man who could be the ace on a lot of staffs—as their No. 2, while the Phillies have depth in J.A Happ and Jamie Moyer as their No. 4 and No. 5 arms. ...

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