After yesterday’s doubleheader split, the Mets have 19 games remaining to decide who wins the NL East. They are currently in first place and by two games. More importantly, the Mets have the advantage of winning the head to head matchup with the Phillies this year after finishing 11-7 in the season series. This statistic if extremely important given that if the two teams finish the season tied for the lead, the Mets, not the Phillies and their bandbox of a stadium would host a one game playoff for the NL East crown.
With all that being said, the Mets should, and I repeat should, have the favorable remaining schedule playing the Nationals and Atlanta six more times a piece over the next two weeks, then wrap up the season at home with four against the Cubs, which by that time will probably have their own division locked up and will be resting their starters for the postseason, and finally the games versus Florida to end the regular season.
Philadelphia, on the other hand, has six games remaining with Florida and Atlanta, a huge four game series with Milwaukee, and wrap up their season with the Nationals, who just recently took two of three from them last week in DC.
In order for Philly to tie or even worse, over take the Amazins for first, they are going to have to go 12-9 over their last 21 games while New York only needs to go 11-10 to hold a one game lead on them at the end of the season. So now that the gauntlet has been dropped, the Mets know what they need to do. Just take care of business against the lesser teams, and keep the Phils where they belong…. HOME FOR THE PLAYOFFS!!!