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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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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 23: (NEW YORK DAILIES OUT) Fans how their support for Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets before the team plays the Washington Nationals at Citi Field on April 23, 2021 in New York City. All players are wearing the number 42 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. The Mets defeated the Nationals 6-0. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

The Mets succeeded at keeping fans optimistic about the future

Yes, this season didn’t go the way any Mets fan had hoped for. October vacation plans were put on hold early on. It would be a month to watch the team go to the Promised Land. Not so fat.

The Mets may not have made the 2021 postseason but fans remain optimistic about the future for a variety of reasons. The change in ownership last winter helps. We can add a few other reasons why fans aren’t ready to give up the sport entirely or put on a disgusting Yankees cap.

The Mets adore their top prospects and whether you like them or not, many performed incredibly well in the minor leagues this season. Even if the farm isn’t as deep as we may want, there are some credible numbers coming up the pipeline.

But before they can have an impact, the Mets are going to need their major leaguers to contribute. The team has some very good players coming back next year. There’s no sign of a rebuild coming either.

I suspect we’ll find the Cohen-ran Mets clubs implore a few different strategies until something works. Last winter, they tried to play it cool and smart with what they did. This upcoming offseason, they should spend a little more freely but not bankrupt themselves by any stretch.

If you’re a Mets fan with even an ounce of patience left, you’re probably feeling good about what lies ahead. With some exciting front office possibilities, how can you not?

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