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Though the Mets had little reason to watch the standings heading into this weekend against the Nationals, they knew what the four-game series represented. After two and a half months of near-irrelevance in the postseason picture, the Mets had a chance to announce their presence. They were playing well. They seemed primed to spark to life.

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