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Mets: Three good omens a championship is coming to Flushing in 2021

Mar 23, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) gestures after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 23, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor (12) gestures after hitting a home run in the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins during a spring training game at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jim Rassol-USA TODAY Sports
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Mar 27, 2021; Port St. Lucie, Florida, USA; New York Mets center fielder Kevin Pillar (11) celebrates with right fielder Michael Conforto (30) after scoring a run in the 3rd inning of the spring training game against the Houston Astros at Clover Park. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

Mets offense is consistently clutch with runners in scoring position

A criticism many have of the Mets offense in recent years has been their lack of scoring runs in clutch situations. The bats tend to get streaky and when they’re good they’re good. But when they’re bad, they’re horrific.

How many times have we seen a runner stranded on third? How many opposing bullpens have shut this team down?

There’s little doubt the Mets have the ability to score a lot of runs in 2021. The question we need to answer is whether or not those runs can come in high-leverage situations late in games.

If the Mets hitters can change the narrative and become a squad of comeback kids, we’ll know things are going pretty well in Flushing.

To do this, we need to see fewer runners left on base, clutch home runs, and some smart decisions by the manager. Luis Rojas’ skipper-skills will be put to the test this season as he navigates through a roster containing several key bench pieces. Removing a player for defensive purposes too soon could come back to bite the Amazins quickly. Not doing it early enough could be catastrophic when the Mets are on defense.

However they do it, we need to know this team is never out of a game. Whether the score is tied, the Mets trail by one, or it’s late and the team is just going through the motions, the more unexpected rallies this offense can put together, the more likely we are to celebrate at the end of October.

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