6 positives in a Mets season full of despair

The Mets are not where they want to be at the All-Star break, but there have been some silver linings as the team prepares to make a run in the second half.
Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez celebrates with teammate
Jul 5, 2023; Phoenix, Arizona, USA; New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez celebrates with teammate / Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
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6) The Mets have woken up after another June nightmare

Just as Michael Myers has terrorized Haddonfield, Illinois for years, June has long been the Mets' boogeyman. This isn't the only time that the first month of summer has victimized a once-promising Mets season, but since the calendar flipped to July, the team is 6-2. The Mets have dug themselves quite a hole, but it may not be too late to make a run at the postseason.

The 1969 Mets were ten games back in the standings in mid-August, so the franchise has seen an incredible turnaround before. Though it will be difficult to compare a team with the major league's highest payroll with one of the biggest underdogs in all of baseball, a 2023 Mets postseason run would go down with Tom Seaver, Cleon Jones, and Tommy Agee as one of the most amazing things to happen in Mets history.

Time will tell if the Mets are able to turn the season around in the second half. With the Braves continuing to dominate, the division is out of reach, but three wild card spots still beckon. Can the surprising Marlins and Diamondbacks hang on? The Mets are among a legion of teams lurking, and they'll need outstanding performances from the players mentioned above and more if they hope to get it done.

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