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Mets 2017 season is over, but where do they go from here?

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Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks into the clubhouse from the dugout against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 30, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard (34) walks into the clubhouse from the dugout against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
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Stick a fork in ‘em; The 2017 New York Mets are done.

After back-to-back-to-back shellackings at Los Angeles, the Mets are 31-40, 11.5 games behind the first-place Washington Nationals in the NL East, and, even worse, 13.5 games back in the Wild Card race.

So, what are they supposed to do now?

The eternal optimist will say it’s only June 22nd and there’s plenty of baseball still to be played. The Mets started their run last year after getting pounded at the site of another NL West team, the San Francisco Giants (8-1 on August 19th), so, maybe, the same can happen this year.  

The pessimist will look at the injuries of this pitching staff, the lack of production at at least two positions (shortstop and catcher), and the records of both teams in the #1 and #2 slots of the NL Wild Card, and call this season a wash. This isn’t 2016 when the Mets were two games under .500 but only 5.5 games behind for the Wild Card.

I’ve always been the eternal optimist. It’s part of being a Mets fan. You never give up, always have hope, and always look at the bright side. But it’s gotten to the point for me where it’s too much.  I’m waving the white flag.  On to next year.

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