By Daniel Friedman
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Every time we think the Mets are about to live up to their past reputation as choke artists, they come through in the most unexpected ways.

How are they doing it, and what makes this year’s team so different? Here are five key factors:

1. David Wright Is Healthy And Effective

David Wright

David Wright (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

The Mets were starting to hit well before the captain returned. But now that he’s playing well, it just gives them yet another weapon in the batting order. It makes a tremendous difference.

2. The Rotation Has Gotten Deeper  

Bartolo Colon

Bartolo Colon (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)

When you have Bartolo Colon throwing well and eating innings the way he has lately, it makes your rotation that much more effective. Everyone knows what Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard and Steven Matz are capable of.

3. Clutch Hitting 

Yoenis Cespedes

Yoenis Cespedes (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Curtis Granderson’s come up with timely hits, as have Yoenis Cespedes and rookie Michael Conforto. This team can rake.

4. They Can Close Out Teams In The Ninth 

Jeurys Familia #27 and Travis d'Arnaud #7

Jeurys Familia #27 and Travis d’Arnaud #7 (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Jeurys Familia – a closer who can actually live up to his job description. What a concept.

5. They Win Even When Everything Goes Wrong 

New York Mets

The New York Mets celebrate after an 8-7 victory against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on September 8, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

As my good pal Eric Hornick pointed out, since August 21 the Mets have four wins when surrendering seven or more runs in a game. The rest of MLB? Zero. This team never quits. They overcome not just deficits, but innings limits and distractions. It’s very impressive and is the mark of a good team.


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