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[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column][vc_column_text]It has been been six years since the New York Mets were in the postseason. The one-game Wild Card play-in against the San Francisco Giants ended in heartbreak.

On year earlier, in 2015, the Mets started fast (winning 11 straight in April), then stumbled through May and June before the arrival of Yoenis Cespedes, Juan Uribe, Kelly Johnson, Tyler Clippard and Addison Reed. Then, like a rocket, the Mets took off in August and September on their way to their most recent World Series appearance.

The 2022 iteration of the New York Mets is far different and far better than the 2015 (and/or 2016) teams. Today’s team, despite a rash of injuries, is dangerous. To steal the old cliché, they are a blue collar, “never say die” roster of young and veteran players hungry to win.

Think about it: Jeff McNeil, Brandon Nimmo, Pete Alonso, Luis Guillorme and Tomas Nido have never played in the postseason. Starling Marte (2013-15, 2020), Eduardo Escobar (2017, 2021), Mark Canha (2018-2020) and James McCann (2020) have postseason experience, but none of them have played for teams that advanced beyond a divisional playoff series. The only Mets regular to play in a LCS or World Series is Francisco Lindor (For the record: Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Adam Ottavino are the only Mets pitchers that have extended postseason experience).

What is all that history and experience worth? Not much right now. The Mets arrive in San Francisco tonight in first place with a record of 28-15 and a eight game lead in the National League East.

Sure, that all can change. It’s only May 23. There’s a lot of baseball to be played.

But if I were to tell you in March that the Mets would be without deGrom, Scherzer, May, McCann, Reid-Foley and Nimmo and Walker would also serve short stints on the DL, Marte would be out for a short time on the bereavement list and Robinson Cano would be outright released, what would you predict the team’s record would be after the first 43 games? 28-15? Or, more like 15-28?

Thank you, Buck Showalter.

He has developed a culture of resiliency and a hunger to win. There is no quit until in the Mets until the 27th out is made and the Mets have scored fewer runs than their opponent.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row gap=”10″][vc_column][vc_empty_space][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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