This will certainly serve as fodder for debate between the “Stand Pat” crowd and the “Do Something” crowd, but here is one little factoid that cannot be disputed…
As long as the Mets stay within three games of the Washington Nationals, they hold their post-season destiny in their hands.
Why is that?
As long as the Mets stay within that three game striking distance of Washington entering into the final series of the season, they control their own fate.
The final series of the season is on October 2nd – 4th against the Nationals at Citi Field.
While it certainly wouldn’t be an ideal situation, as long as the Mets go into that final series no more than three games out they’ll still be in a position to sweep the Nationals and force a one-game playoff on October 5th for the division title and a playoff berth.
Of course if the Mets fail to win the division, there’s a chance they can qualify for one of the two wild cards and if they make it they’ll have to play a one-game playoff to advance to the NLDS. So obviously, winning the division has some huge advantages.
Entering Sunday’s game tomorrow, the Mets are only two games behind the Nationals. Their postseason odds are back up to 39% after being down to just 20% on July 4th.
They’re not out of it yet. And in fact, they’re actually in their best position to make the playoffs since June 19th. Things are not nearly as bleak as some in the media would have you believe. So keep watching, keep rooting, and most of all, keep believing. LGM