Terry Collins

For banged-up Mets, just reaching playoffs was a triumph

The Mets basked in defeat.

Sure, they were disappointed. But there were no tears, not a shred of frustration. Instead, there was — to a man — a sense of accomplishment.

Their starting lineup included just three batters who were on the field for the season opener in Kansas City.

Their third baseman and captain didn't play after May 27.

Their starting first baseman had 23 at-bats after May 20.

Their second baseman was done for the year on Aug. 27.

Their shortstop was playing on a bum knee.

Their regular catcher was benched after driving in one run in the season's final month.

Their star slugger, struggling with a strained...