NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — You can tell Mets fans these days by the wide grins on their faces.

Following their three-game sweep of the Washington Nationals, the Mets (78-61) have a seven-game lead in the National League East.

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One fan who has a Mets tattoo on his arm told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs he believes the team has something special this year: “Swagger,” he said.

“It gives me a lot of hope this year,” the fan added. “It’s been a long time.”

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Some Mets fans, however, are tempering their excitement given the team’s history of collapses.

“It feels like 1986 again,” said Mike, of Levittown, Long Island. “They have as good a shot as anybody to win the World Series.

“But … I’ve seen it happen, where they’re up by seven games with 17 to play and they blow it,” he added.

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The Mets open a four-game series at Atlanta at 7:10 p.m. Thursday.