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Mets Slugger Lucas Duda: ‘We’re Not Out Of It Yet’

The Mets’ Lucas Duda blasts a three-run home run in the third inning against the Athletics at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Aug. 20, 2014. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The Mets’ Lucas Duda blasts a three-run home run in the third inning against the Athletics at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, Calif., on Aug. 20, 2014. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The Mets (60-68) have 34 games remaining on their schedule.

After snapping a three-game losing streak with a victory over the A’s on Wednesday, the Amazin’s find themselves 13 1/2 games behind the first-place Nationals in the National League East and eight games out of a Wild Card spot with six teams in front of them.

It’s tough to fathom the Mets finishing with a .500 record, and the playoffs are nothing more than a pipe dream at this point.

But don’t tell that to Lucas Duda, who smashed his 23rd homer of the season on Wednesday.

“We’re not out of it yet,” the usually reserved, quiet slugger said on Wednesday. “Everybody in the room feels like we have a chance, so we’re going to go with that.”

After scoring three runs or fewer in seven of eight games, the Mets busted out eight runs on Wednesday en route to beating star pitcher Jeff Samardzija.

“I hope it lifts us, I hope it gets us going,” manager Terry Collins said. “There were some big hits and some very good at-bats. I just hope this is the start of the final six weeks of some good offensive nights.”

The schedule won’t get any easier on the Mets this weekend.

After an off-day on Thursday, New York will kick off a three-game series against the first-place Dodgers in Los Angeles. They’ll face Dan Haren on Friday and Zack Greinke on Saturday, but will miss the dominant Clayton Kershaw.

The Mets will return home on Tuesday for series against the Braves and Phillies.

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