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Only ten Mets currently on the 40-man roster have any MLB playoff experience.

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With an average age of 28.4, the Mets will be the youngest team in the National League this postseason. Of the players on the 40-man roster, only ten have played in the playoffs before.

As a young, homegrown team, the Mets will be outmatched in the playoff experience department when they face the Dodgers in the NLDS. However, some current Mets have a bit of postseason experience. The final rosters do not have to be submitted until Friday morning, so some of these players may not find themselves on the postseason roster.

Bartolo Colon: The 42-year-old has played in playoff games in three different decades: in 1998, 1999, and 2001 with the Indians, in 2005 with the Angels, and in 2013 with the A's. He has posted mixed results in ten starts; going 2-4 with a 3.70 ERA.

The highlight of this résumé is a complete game against the dynasty Yankees in the 1998 ALCS, where a 25-year-old Colon allowed only four hits and a run. More recently, Colon allowed three runs on ten hits in six innings against the Tigers in Game 1 of the 2013 ALDS.

Tyler Clippard: Much to the chagrin of his ex-teammates in Washington, Clippard will be pitching in his third postseason. The 30-year-old setup man pitched his last two with the Nationals in 2012 and 2014, and recorded a 1.50 ERA in six games.

Eric O'Flaherty: While it is very, very unlikely that O'Flaherty will make the postseason roster, he did pitch a scoreless inning in the 2012 Wild Card game with the Braves.

Michael Cuddyer: Cuddyer logged significant postseason time with the Twins. In Minnesota, Cuddyer played in the playoffs in 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009, and 2010. With a .338/.372/.473 mark in 74 at-bats, he is the most accomplished October hitter the Mets have on offense. While Cuddyer has hit well in the playoffs, his teams have advanced past the divisional round only once.

Yoenis Cespedes: The Mets' best hitter got a taste of playoff baseball in 2012 and 2013 with the A's. He batted .350/.395/.525 with a home run and six RBI in 40 at-bats over ten ALDS games.

Curtis Granderson: Like Cuddyer, Granderson has played in many American League postseason games. He played in 36 total in his time with the Tigers in 2006 and the Yankees from 2010-2012. In 131 at-bats, Granderson went .229/.333/.458 with six home runs and 17 RBI. He is one of just two Mets with World Series experience, which he gained in 2006 with the Tigers. He went just 2-for-21 against the Cardinals in the Fall Classic.

Kelly Johnson: Johnson has played in three postseasons—including the last two—for three different teams. He recorded two at-bats in 2005 with the Braves, and then played as a reserve in 2013 with the Rays and in 2014 with the Orioles. Johnson has just one hit in seven postseason at-bats, which was a triple in the 2013 ALDS.

Juan Uribe: While Uribe may not be able to suit up again this year because of a chest injury, he has the longest playoff résumé of any player on the Mets' 40-man roster. He played with the White Sox in 2005 and 2008, the Giants in 2010, and the Dodgers in 2013 and 2014. In 157 playoff at-bats, Uribe has batted only .204/.241/.338 with five home runs and 24 RBI.

However, Uribe is the only player the Mets have with a World Series ring—and he has two of them. He won one with the White Sox in 2005 and another with the Giants in 2010. So I guess you can just put him down for a title every five seasons, right?

David Wright: The Mets' captain is the only player who was with the team when they last made the playoffs in 2006. It was only his third season in the majors, and his inexperience showed in the playoffs. He batted .216/.310/.378 with one home run and six RBIs in 37 at-bats.

Eric Young Jr.: Young went hitless in one at-bat for the Rockies in the 2009 NLDS against the Phillies. He appeared in another game that series as a defensive replacement.