Jacob deGrom was hit hard again, allowing five runs on 12 hits in 4.2 innings, as the Mets lost to the Cardinals, 8-1, on Wednesday in St. Louis to fall 4 1/2 games behind the second Wild Card spot.
The Mets had momentum entering last night, having won three in a row and with deGrom on the mound. To lose, it hurt. It felt like running into a wall. Tonight is a big deal. There is a major difference between being 5 1/2 games back with 36 to play as opposed to 3 1/2.
As I said before the series started, it's not impossible to out-run St. Louis, Pittsburgh and Miami if the Mets take just one or two games in this series against the Cardinals. But no team in baseball has had a stretch this season like the Mets would need over the final month of the season. It will be very difficult. Twenty-two of their final 36 games are against the Twins, Reds, Braves and Phillies, all of whom are having poor seasons. But, why make life any more difficult than it already is for this team? They need to win tonight.
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What's on Tap for Thursday, Aug. 25
The Mets (63-63) wrap up their pivotal three-game series against the Cardinals (67-58) at Busch Stadium on Thursday at 7:15 p.m. ET on SNY.
Seth Lugo (3.04 ERA, 1.01 WHIP) starts for the Mets, opposed by Adam Wainwright (4.71 ERA, 1.36 WHIP) for St. Louis.
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