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Alderson confirms Citi Field tweaks 'likely'

NEW YORK -- Sandy Alderson confirmed postgame Sunday that the Mets are "likely" to alter the dimensions in center and right-center at Citi Field for 2015 to make it more homer-friendly for David Wright and Curtis Granderson.

"Nothing is definite at this point. I think it is likely," the GM said. "We made changes a couple of years ago, and those have been received well and play well. Anything we do will probably be limited to center-, right-center-type areas. But I think they'll be good for the game, good for the fans. I'm sure that one or two of our players will benefit as well."

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Sandy Alderson again plans to change the dimensions at Citi Field.

On the Mets' offense, Alderson was asked if the lineup can be competitive in 2015 as constituted, or whether it requires adding at least one more big bat.

"First of all, look at where we are today," Alderson replied. "I think we finished probably middle of the pack in runs scored. I know our batting average is low. Our on-base percentage relative to our batting average is fairly high. We've started to hit for a little more power. We're basically in the middle of the pack runs-wise in the National League. If we're going to be one of the top-five teams, we've got to be in the top five in run production, we've got to be in the top five pitching-wise. Do I think we can get from No. 8 to No. 5 with what we have? I think it's possible. That doesn't mean we'll rely on what we have. I do think we need to get better in that regard, but we don't have to get a lot better."

Alderson overall offered a bullish portrayal of the state of the Mets after the 79-83 season.

"I'm very pleased with what we were able to accomplish this year," he said. "I like what we have going forward. But, at the same time, we need to get 10 or 12 games better. Whether we can do that from within is difficult to say. We're not going to rely on what we have currently, but I like what we have. Our rotation, we've got quality and depth, experience and youth. The bullpen has come around. I can't say enough not only about [Jenrry] Mejia and [Jeurys] Familia, but all of the other guys who performed so well in the bullpen this year, including guys like Buddy Carlyle. So I think the pitching is pretty solid, but we're certainly not going to take anything for granted in that area as well.

"Offensively, we need to score some more runs, and [there are] a couple of places in the batting order and in the field where we probably need to take a look at things. At the same time, we've seen a lot of progress. You just start with [Travis] d'Arnaud and [Lucas] Duda and [Juan] Lagares and [Matt] den Dekker at the end of the season. [Kirk] Nieuwenhuis has made a big contribution -- not today, because he's on his back in the hospital.

"Anyway, I'm very pleased with the way things ended, certainly, this season."