We might remember it as the last good time for the 2014 Mets or, possibly, the final occasion when they raised their level of expectation or deception, take your pick.

They had won four out of five in Philadelphia, climbing within one game of .500. They were 3¹/₂ games out of first, just one out of a wild card. The crowded playoff race combined with fan frustration moved me just two weeks ago to urge the organization to go for it, to act boldly to add pieces and try to rise above the mediocrity — try to be, in a way of thinking, the best of the ordinary.
But the Mets just might be among the worst of the worst, sinking to irrelevance yet again.

Since the last good time, the Mets are an MLB-worst 4-11. Those no-pulse Phillies actually are ahead of the last-place Mets in the NL East.

The second wild card seduces 6¹/₂ games away, but the worst record in the NL slaps with reality just 2¹/₂ games away. And, after leaving St. Louis, the Mets play four at Miami, two vs. Oakland (owners of the AL’s best record), and then head right back on the road for four at suddenly hot Pittsburgh and three at Atlanta.
That takes them to July 4 and — unless there is another U-turn toward success — even the second wild card could be a pipe dream by Independence Day.

Should that be the case, I will stick to my call to act boldly, but (forgive the flip-flopping) in the opposite direction. The Mets at that point will need to make Bartolo Colon, Dillon Gee and Jonathon Niese available in trades. Daniel Murphy, too.

I know it feels like the endless rebuild. But the only way to escape the Groundhog’s Day of repeated failure is to find ways to add more talent — which means using the veteran starters to upgrade the positional talent base and, thus, gambling a young rotation built around Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, Noah Syndergaard, Rafael Montero, Jacob deGrom and whatever veteran(s) remain will be good enough.