By: Michael Ganci

Nine Innings with Don La Greca

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There’s nothing like listening to a true fan of the New York Mets on the radio.

If you’re tuned in to ESPN Radio on the drive home in the afternoon, the man who fills that void is Don La Greca, who’s also known for doing Rangers’ play-by-play on the radio and hosting the Jets’ pre and post-game shows during the season.

La Greca was nice enough to give us a few minutes of his time for today’s issue of #9innings.

For previous editions of #9innings, click here.

Here are La Greca’s thoughts:

What do you make of this Mets’ team as currently constituted? Are they ready to contend?

I believe they can. Wright and Granderson should be better and Harvey all year can get them the wins need to compete.

If they’re missing something, what is that piece? Who would be the guy you’d go out and get and why?

Defense up the middle. It could be bad.

How do the Mets compete with the Nationals with that superstar rotation? Is the NL East title a distant pipe dream?

I think it is. Nats might be the best team in baseball.

David Wright had a career-worst year in 2014. Do you think we should expect a marginalized player moving forward or do you have hope in a resurgence?

It’s possible he could be on his way out. He has not been the same player since he was hit in the head by Cain. But he can still be better than last year.

Who’s the guy who needs to step up to put the Mets offense over the top?

Granderson. Maybe Kevin Long can help.

What are your thoughts on the Yankees? Do you hate them? 

I always hated the Yankees. But it comes from winning envy.

If you could have one team as currently constituted, farm system and all, would you rather have the Mets or the Yankees? Why?

Mets. Better young pitching with no awful contracts.

What’s the best thing to eat or drink at Citi Field?

Shack Shack.

Finish this sentence. By the end of the season, the Mets will be…

Just short of the wild card.

About Michael Ganci

Michael Ganci is the Co-Founder of the Daily Stache, along with Matthew Falkenbury. Since 2008, Ganci has eat, drank and dreamt all things Mets, and he’d have it no other way. Feel free to follow him on Twitter at @DailyStache.

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