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ROGER RUBIN, DAILY NEWS SPORTS WRITER reports that...
Tuesday, before facing the Diamondbacks, the Mets players emerged from a brief players-only, closed-door meeting, each carrying a piece of paper with a blueprint for a future that includes the postseason.
Rumors have it that the players were mumbling..."I think I can, I think I can..."
One player allowed the Daily News a quick glance at the sheet, which looked a lot like a flow chart with a series of arrows. At the top was the team's record entering Tuesday night's game, 30-32. Near the bottom was a circled final regular-season record of 92-70.
Below that was an arrow pointing to a single word: "Playoffs."
The sheet also had several phrases and motivational messages. One said "We B4 I." Another read "team above self." A third message was "we have time."
The Mets' plan to play .620 ball over the season's final 100 games is ambitious. It's a better clip than either the 2007 Rockies or Phillies, two of MLB's hottest finishers last season. And they are the only villains so far in this story, having played far below their potential.
"I still think this is going to be a good team," GM Omar Minaya said. "You can't allow yourself to succumb to the negativity that comes with what happened last year and the bad start this year....It's a mental test."
Alou gave no specifics about the team meeting when asked earlier about it but said, "Nobody's happy with what's going on here, but nobody has given up....We've got 100games left. A hundred games is a lot, so we have time to get our act together."
The Mets need to pick up the pace on that. There are only 99 left now.
Can the Mets win 62 of their final 99 games, a .626 winning percentage ?