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Bobby Abreu (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Schwei’s Final Mets Notebook: Little-Known Facts, Odd Stats And Strange Records

The Mets have not reached the postseason since 2006. With the Royals making the playoffs for the first time since 1985, only four teams in the majors currently have longer droughts than the Mets.

09/30/2014

Jacob deGrom of the New York Mets smiles as he walks off the mound in the sixth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on Sept. 9, 2014. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Mets’ Collins Off 2014 And Looking Ahead: ‘We’re Very, Very Close’

New York wrapped up its sixth straight losing season Sunday since moving into Citi Field, and one more would match the longest streak of futility in franchise history. But with a promising pitching staff, the Mets are talking big about 2015.

09/29/2014

Lucas Duda hits a home run, scoring teammate Daniel Murphy, in the eighth inning against the Houston Astros at Citi Field on September 28, 2014. (Photo by Alex Goodlett/Getty Images)

Kallet: Lucas Duda Puts A Beautiful Bow On His Breakout Season

There’s plenty more to prove, but there is no longer — by any stretch of the imagination — a hole at first base. Duda is the guy moving forward, and the Mets can now say that with authority and confidence.

09/29/2014

Wilmer Flores #4 of the New York Mets is tagged out at home for the final out of the second inning by Jason Castro #15 of the Houston Astros at Citi Field on September 27, 2014 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Duda Hits 2-Out, 2-Run HR In 9th, Mets Beat Astros

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning Saturday night, rallying the New York Mets over the Houston Astros 2-1.

09/27/2014

Terry Collins (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Schwei’s Mets Notebook: Little-Known Facts, Odd Stats And Strange Records

Although Terry Collins has yet to post a winning record in any of his years at the helm, he can move into fourth place on the club’s all-time wins list.

09/23/2014

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19:  Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets celebrates his two-run homer in the sixth inning against the Atlanta Braves that scored Daniel Murphy #28 at Turner Field on September 19, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Duda Hits 2-Run Shot, Mets Blank Braves 5-0

Lucas Duda hit a two-run homer, Zack Wheeler pitched six scoreless innings and the New York Mets beat the struggling Atlanta Braves 5-0 on Friday night.

09/19/2014

Mets outfielders Juan Lagares, left, and Curtis Granderson watch a two-run homer by San Francisco’s  Buster Posey land over the fence at Citi Field on Aug. 3, 2014. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Mets Mulling Another Round Of Moving In The Fences At Citi Field

The Mets, who have been one of the weakest-hitting teams in the sport during that time, have messed with the outfield set-up twice before.

09/10/2014

Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets celebrates his three-run home run to take a 5-1 lead over the Los Angeles Dodgers with Travis d'Arnaud #15 during the third inning at Dodger Stadium on August 24, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Schwei’s Mets Notebook: Little-Known Facts, Odd Stats And Strange Records

The Mets close out the month of August with a six-game homestand against the Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies after going 2-3 on their California road trip. And while Lucas Duda stayed hot, David Wright was not.

08/26/2014

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)

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

“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.”

08/21/2014

Zack Wheeler of the New York Mets pitches against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum on August 20, 2014. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Mets Hammer Samardzija, Then Hold On To Beat Athletics

Lucas Duda hit a three-run homer, Eric Campbell also connected and the New York Mets beat the Oakland Athletics 8-5 on Wednesday to snap a three-game losing streak.

08/20/2014

Eric Campbell #29 of the New York Mets argues with home-plate umpire Will Little after he was called out on strikes to end the game as John Baker #12 of the Chicago Cubs looks on at Citi Field on August 17, 2014. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Just Plain Bad: Mets Match Franchise Record In Offensive Futility

The five-game run matches the club’s longest streak. New York also went five games with no more than four hits in 2004 and 1963.

08/19/2014

Mets catcher Travis d’Arnaud, right, scoops up a late throw as the Cubs’ Anthony Rizzo scores during the fifth inning on Aug. 18, 2014, at Citi Field. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Torres Shines, But Mets’ Offense Just Brutal In Loss To Cubs

Kyle Hendricks and two relievers held New York to four or fewer hits for the fifth straight game, Anthony Rizzo and Javier Baez hit long homers, and the Chicago Cubs rallied for a 4-1 victory over the Mets on Monday.

08/18/2014

Lucas Duda (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images), Juan Lagares (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) and Travis d'Arnaud (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)

Kallet: Unlikely Trio Is Making Mets’ Future Look Even Brighter

Fast forward to mid-August, and Travis d’Arnaud, Lucas Duda and Juan Lagares have made tremendous progress — and taken their games to new levels.

08/18/2014

Terry Collins (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)

Palladino: Do The Right Thing And Get Terry Collins Some Big Bats

Mets brass has gone halfway with Collins, and that beats the heck out of the alternative. But they’ll do him an even greater service by actually spending some money this offseason.

08/15/2014

Lucas Duda #21 of the New York Mets singles and scores Curtis Granderson #3 during the 11th inning in a game at Citizens Bank Park on August 9, 2014 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The New York Mets beat the Philadelphia Phillies 2-1. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)

Duda’s Hit In 11th Lifts Mets Over Phillies 2-1

Lucas Duda singled home the go-ahead run with one out in the 11th inning to lead the New York Mets to a 2-1 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday night.

08/09/2014

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