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Yes, Mets fans, there is a Santa Claus

We admit our Five Ways To Beat Philly is wishful thinking -- but it's the holidays, right?

Updated: December 16, 2010, 4:45 PM ET
By Mark Simon | ESPNNewYork.com

Hey, Mets fans, I know you're pessimistic. But for one day, let's pretend.

Maybe something will go wrong for the Phillies this season, a combination of injuries (there's lots of mileage on those "Phab Four" arms), ineffectiveness and bad breaks.

Maybe instead of winning 108 games (like the 1986 Mets), the 2011 Phillies will "only" win 94. As Rob Parker wrote Wednesday, four aces are no guarantee of anything.

So how do the Mets get from 79 wins in 2010 to ...

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