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Bacsik Impressive in 1st Two Starts (AP/Ed Betz)

During the first half of the regular season, the Mets floundered around the .500 mark. The offense, which had been revamped in an attempt to score many more runs than the NL low 642 runs that they put across the plate last season, had been terrible, as All-Stars such as Roberto Alomar, Mo Vaughn and Jeromy Burnitz struggled mightily, all hitting way lower than their career averages.

The pitching, which had been the question mark coming into the season, had carried the team. Aces Al Leiter and Pedro Astacio, along with Jeff D'Amico and Steve Trachsel had been doing a fantastic job keeping the games tight, and in some cases, squeaking out wins. However, the roles have been reversed, as the bats have come alive, led by resurgent stars Roberto Alomar and Mo Vaughn. Despite this...

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