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NY Mets: 3 ways the team failed, 3 ways they succeeded in 2021

Sep 19, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hi fives New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) for hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 19, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets catcher Tomas Nido (3) hi fives New York Mets left fielder Jeff McNeil (6) for hitting a home run during the seventh inning against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
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MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – SEPTEMBER 24: Javier Baez #23 of the New York Mets tries to catch rain drops leaking through the roof in the eighth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at American Family Field on September 24, 2021 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by John Fisher/Getty Images)

What words are there to describe the 2021 New York Mets season? If you can’t deal with an imbalance of emotions, you might have had a tough time getting through.

The Mets were in first place for so long. They had no business being there and yet there they were. For months we tuned in to see or hear the first place Mets rally together more wins. How did they do it? It must have been magic.

As we conclude this year for the blue and orange, it’s time to start looking back at where the team failed but also where they succeeded.

The Mets failed to take advantage of a weak National League East

The National League East was the weakest of divisions in 2021. For the longest time, it looked like 82 wins might win it.

Of course, schedules started to become a little more balanced or less balanced depending on how you want to look at them. The NL East teams played each other a bit more and they took turns beating up on the Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals. The Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies pulled away while the Mets sunk into a hole.

This was a year where the Mets didn’t have to be their best to win a spot in the postseason. In fact, until they helped awaken the St. Louis Cardinals in September, the Wild Card was even a slim possibility.

Sadly, there wasn’t enough gas in this tank to get them beyond 162 games.

Imagine being a Mets and New York Giants fan. It’s almost like a repeat of the 2020-2021 NFL season all over again.

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