The Mets return to Citi Field tonight for Game 3 of the World Series against the Kansas City Royals down 0-2, and the Mets faithful are feeling a weeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bit anxious. Game 1 was a thrilling, weird, once-in-a-lifetime kind of game, but it was also a heartbreaking 14-inning loss; the Royals just plain outplayed the Mets on every level in Game 2. But all hope is not lost yet. Unless it is. It probably is. At least after tonight, we should have a slightly better idea whether our current team is closer to the miracle 1986 Mets or the disappointing "just happy to be here" 2000 Mets. But in the meantime, we need to find reasons to believe.

1. "Every existing thing is born without reason, prolongs itself out of weakness, and dies by chance." -Jean-Paul Sartre

2. "I try to give people hope. Even though life is bleak, there's hope out there." -Danielle Steel

3. The Mets need to take this one game at a time. They need to win tonight. That's all they need to do. And then they need to win tomorrow night. One game at a time, see. So they win tonight and tomorrow night, and then they win Sunday night too. All three of those games are at home. They need to win those three games. Then they need to win one game in Kansas City. That is officially how they can win the World Series. That is the only way, I think. I don't think there's any other way to win except by winning four games. Out of the next five games. They need to win four out of five games. Oh God that's so many games. That's...oh God. That's asking too much, isn't it? Oh God.

4. I was listening to my iPhone on shuffle this morning on the way to work, and the first song that came up was "Not Alone Any More," which is the answer to the question, "What is the best Traveling Wilburys song not named after some shit lying around in Bob Dylan's garage?" There is nothing more majestic than Roy Orbison's voice. This is a clear sign the Mets are going to win tonight.

5. If anyone is to blame for the poor performance in the first two games, it's Mr. Met. Earlier this week, he "conducted" as members of the Metropolitan Opera and Chorus performed "Meet the Mets" at Lincoln Center. Due to Mr. Met's inability to hold his body in one place for two seconds, it was a real mess at the start. Also, the song always makes me a little sad now because Shea Stadium is gone.

6. Also to blame: Matt Harvey's ex-girlfriend Ania Cywinska. They apparently broke up a few weeks ago. I know I'm reaching here, but I don't think it's an exaggeration to say that every bad pitch Harvey made during Game 1 was her fault. However, if it turns out this report is wrong and they didn't break up, then I blame her for NOT breaking up with him. He was clearly distracted by their relationship when he lobbed that first pitch meatball to Alcides Escobar in Game 1. This is completely unfair of us, but it's also completely unfair of her, isn't it????

7. OKAY enough blame game. No one is to blame (except maybe Mr. Met). Let's get to the nitty gritty: people are writing obituaries for the Mets already and it's TOO SOON. Yes the Royals are playing outta-this-world baseball right now, but as de Blasio said, "Everybody take a chill pill." Then again, de Blasio is a goddamn Red Sox fan, so nobody listen to him. Please continue panicking.

8. And look, experts agree: the Royals are not really that much better than the Mets (those same experts all expect the Royals to win however, so FUCK THEM). The Mets looked completely overwhelmed in Game 2. Maybe the crowd psyched them out, maybe their bats went cold at the exact wrong time. They know all this: "Coming into this, we knew that these guys are an excellent opponent, and we knew it wasn’t going to be easy," David Wright told the Times. "These are the types of hurdles we have to clear if we expect to be able to win this thing."

9. There are plenty of ways for the Mets to right the ship and get all the momentum back. WE CAN STILL DO SOMETHING SPECIAL, says ESPN, they must know something about this stuff. Being at home—feeding off of what will without a doubt be a rabid crowd at Citi Field—will help. Having Daniel Murphy, or Yoenis Cespedes, or anyone besides Lucas Duda (and Curtis Granderson, the platonic ideal of a leadoff man) start hitting would help as well. Mostly, as CBS points out, they need to calm down and play the kind of baseball they mastered during their first two playoff series.

10. Here is the fun fact all Mets fans are clinging to right now: the 1986 team lost the first two games too, only to come back and, with a little help from Bill Buckner, win the whole thing. The Yankees also pulled it off in 1996! These things happen, so why not us???

11. Oh right, not us because we're the Mets. George R.R. Martin took some time out of his busy schedule of constant public appearances to remind us all of this: "Life is miserable and full of pain... when you're a Mets fan. Fifteen years between trips to the World Series. The Mets are finally back, and then...Those were two excruciating losses. In completely different ways. Hard to say which one was more painful." Thank you for that, you Jon Snow-murdering Jets-obsessed old wizard.

12. We are going to win because the Royals are "like that persistent dog that chews and chews and chews," and dogs loves to chew on balls, and the Mets' mascot is a giant ball named Mr. Met and if the Mets lose then it is entirely Mr. Met's fault for not allowing the Royals to chew and chew and chew on him until they get sleepy.

13. Mets fans believe the Mets are going to win because history is on our side and history repeats the old conceits and because this is all Mets fans have right now because we are all in an abusive relationship with this team: “We’re battered fans," Sal Candiano told the Daily News. “We shed a tear every time they lose, but we’re kind of used to it.”

14. But remember...history?!? Remember bullet point number 8 up above?!? "The Mets lost the first two games, came back, and won the World Series,” Vernon Gibson said, referring to the 1986 squad. “We did it once, we can do it again. It can be done.” It CAN be done, so say we all.

15. Fans need to ignore the Jim Breuers of the world and listen to 91-year-old ushers who have spent five decades watching the Mets. "We have faith,” that usher said. "Yogi Berra said, 'It ain’t over till it’s over.'" If he can still believe after 50+ years of watching the Mets squander opportunities, we all can.

16. Billy Joel is singing the national anthem tonight. The Ghost Of John Lennon is cheering from the rafters. Roger Clark is stuffing his face with Mets cookies. These are all very good signs.

NY1's Roger Clark takes an Amazin' bite out of a #Mets cookie by Artuso Pastry Shop in the Bronx.Watch Roger's full report here:

Posted by NY1 on Thursday, October 29, 2015

17. Mets Seasonal Affective Disorder might be real, but most Mets fans haven't experienced it this late in the season. So the glass is half-full no matter what happens tonight (unless they lose, in which case we string Mr. Met up in Times Square): “We’re a little down, but we’re definitely not out,” Nick Giampietro, aka “The Pin Man" (he wears a cap littered with 280 team pins), told the News. “As Mets fans, we know nothing comes easy.” Season ticket holder and psychiatrist Dr. Alan Manevitz agrees: "I don’t think anybody’s depressed. They have, if you want to call it that, nervous apprehension. I’d call it more excited anticipation."

18. One more time for good measure, because I don't think bullet points 8 and 14 got through to you yet:

19. Roddy Piper has an important message:

20. I know the Mets are going to win because of the Professor Jose Reyes giveaway blanket thingy that has been hanging up in my living room for the last month.

21. And finally, for any Mets players out there reading this right now (looking at you, Flores), watch the video below and get inspired by drunk Keith Hernandez: