PORT ST. LUCIE — The method in which the Mets got to 86 victories last season was unorthodox, to say the least.
More succinctly, these were the bipolar Mets.
There was the 40-51 start to the season that seemed to eliminate all postseason hope. Then there was the 46-25 finish that kept them in wild-card contention until the final week of the regular season. So which version of the Mets was real?
As spring-training workouts approach for rookie manager Luis Rojas’ crew, with pitchers and catchers set to report on Monday, maybe no question looms larger over camp than whether the Mets are really as competent as they appeared over those final two-plus months in 2019.
If they expect to contend in a loaded NL East, they had better be that good, especially after an offseason in which general manager Brodie Van Wagenen tweaked the roster but hardly made a significant splash.
“I see the four clubs in the NL East as being really competitive, and they all have their strengths and weaknesses,” a major league talent evaluator said — referring to the Mets, Nationals, Braves and Phillies. “It can break a lot of ways, depending on how a key injury could affect the team. But I…