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What has to happen for the 2017 Mets to make the playoffs

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Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) greets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) after he hit a home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 26, 2016; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker (20) greets shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera (13) after he hit a home run in the sixth inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Fans celebrate a victory after the New York Mets clinched a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 1, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Fans celebrate a victory after the New York Mets clinched a wild-card playoff berth after a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Mets won 5-3. Mandatory Credit: Derik Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

Even though the New York Mets are not the favorites to win the NL East in 2017, their playoff chances are still very real.

The Mets’ 2016 campaign was devastated by injuries, but the club earned a playoff spot for the second consecutive year anyway. Yes, they lost in the Wild Card game, unfortunately, but even being there was surprising to the most diehard fans.

New York’s season started out well. They went 15-7 in the month of April – a month in which they enjoyed an 8-game winning streak. After tough months of May, June and July where the club stayed around the .500 mark, the front office decided they’d be buyers at the deadline.

After failing to land Jonathan Lucroy, the organization turned to the Reds, and acquired Jay Bruce in hopes of lifting up the offense. The move would prove to be a bit ineffective as Bruce struggled big time in his first few weeks in blue and orange.

In August, the Mets’ woes continued as they were 15-14 during the month, and entered September 69-64, 2 games behind in the Wild Card. However, they got hot when they needed it winning 17 games in September to overtake the Cardinals and Giants for the right to host the single-elimination playoff game.

It was a painful end to the season, and Conor Gillaspie will forever be a villain in Queens. That’s all we need to say about that last game.

Going into 2017, the Mets will look to build on that resilience to make a deeper run in October. Here are three things that have to happen to ensure we get playoff baseball in Queens for a third consecutive year.

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