The Mets were off on Monday.
They will enter Tuesday's series-opener in St. Louis trailing the Cardinals by 4.5 games for the second Wild Card spot in the National League.
Basically, the Mets will need to go, say, 25-13 between now and the end of the season, which must include winning two of three against the Cardinals this week. If they do this, they have a shot to get in to the playoffs; anything less will likely leave them short.
Can they go on this level run? Yes, if Yoenis Cespedes hits like he did in San Francisco. And if Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom are flawless. And if Steven Matz is healthy and pitches to his potential. And if the bullpen finds a second wind. But it'll take all things coming together to compete with these three other teams. It's possible. It's attainable. The talent is there. But it's not going to be easy, especially for a Mets team that is nine games under .500 since May 1.
In case you missed it on Monday...
Steven Matz was placed on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to Aug. 15, due to his shoulder injury. RHP Robert Gsellmann was called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to take Matz' place on the roster >> Read more
Neil Walker will miss the next three games while on paternity leave >> Read more
Does Jerry Blevins have a forearm issue or not? >> Read more
Darryl Strawberry's concern for Dwight Gooden was discussed on Daily News Live >> Watch here
What's on tap for Tuesday, Aug. 23
The Mets open a three-game series with the Cardinals, who lead the final Wild Card spot, on Tuesday in St. Louis at 8:15 p,m. ET. Jon Niese (5.30 ERA, 1.57 WHIP) will start against Jaime Garcia (4.11 ERA, 1.32 WHIP).
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