The Mets ended the 2011 season with a 77-85 record and a fourth-place finish in the NL East. They trailed the division-winning Philadelphia Phillies by 25 games.
The mood heading into 2012 was not good as the full effects of the Wilpons' involvement with Bernie Madoff were taking hold on the club. The departure of Jose Reyes and the lack of big-name signings gave Mets fans little hope. The media predicted that the Mets would be one of the worst teams in baseball, and the expectations for the team were zilch.
Then the Mets went out and surprised many. The club's first-half play made even us cynical Mets fans believe that perhaps miracles can happen.
Then the All-Star break came, and the Mets that we were expecting early on came out. They played poorly, and the losses kept mounting.
Now that the season has wrapped up, it’s time to take a look back and see how the Mets performed in relation to my predictions.