My point being that when the Mets are ready to compete in a few years, it will be the pitching that carries them, much like the 1969 Mets pitchers did.
Also, because FoC was saying that the Mets don't have many "cornerstone players", I wanted to add that neither did the Miracle Mets (position players, anyway).
Both Cleon Jones and Tommie Agee had pretty elite seasons in 1969, though for Jones it was a career year, and for Agee some of his value was in elite defense, which maybe wasn't fully appreciated at the time. So it was mostly pitching, but not all pitching. You still had two position players with 6+ fWAR seasons (edit: actually it's 5.5+ WAR seasons; I grabbed these off a graph which apparently rounded some up to 6).
The Mets have had 31 such seasons in their history:
4 David Wright
4 Jose Reyes
3 Edgardo Alfonzo
2 Carlos Beltran
2 Darrel Strawberry
2 Mike Piazza
2 Keith Hernandez
2 John Olerud
2 Tommie Agee
1 each Howard Johnson, Cleon Jones, Gary Carter, Robin Ventura, John Stearns, Dave Magadan, Bernard Gilkey, Lance Johnson
I would be happy if improved on his conditioning and work on driving the ball. and do i agree that with some of the posters here that we were very spoiled with reyes being our shortstop.