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Jason Bay can't stay this bad (right?)

Jason Bay figures to improve somewhat in 2011. Getty Images

As part of a three-part series over at ESPN New York, Adam Rubin makes a compelling case today that the New York Mets have no hope for 2011.

Broadly speaking, Rubin is probably right: New York has a lot of money tied up in a few players, many of whom (Carlos Beltran and Jason Bay) are major question marks. That said, not all hope is lost in Queens. In fact, I can think of at least five good reasons why the Mets could easily make the playoffs next year.