Mets' mantra: Ya gotta be optimistic

Hard to believe they'll contend, but second half can answer some key questions

Updated: July 19, 2013, 11:08 AM ET
By Adam Rubin | ESPNNewYork.com

NEW YORK -- The Mets closed the first half with a .615 winning percentage over their final 26 games, buoyed by solid corner outfield production from Marlon Byrd and Eric Young Jr. and stellar rotation contributions from Jeremy Hefner and Dillon Gee to complement the hyped young studs.

That has the Mets feeling better about themselves as they prepare to open the second half Friday against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citi Field -- even though it would require a massive climb to overcome ...

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