The Mets won two of three games over the weekend from Giants in San Francisco, including a 2-0 win on Sunday night when Noah Syndergaard tossed eight scoreless innings. The two teams split the four-game series including Thursday's game.
Looking at the playoff picture, the Cardinals also won two of three to keep the Mets five losses back of the final Wild Card spot with 38 games to play. The Marlins swept the Pirates and are just 1 1/2 games back of St. Louis
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.
Here's what else happened this past weekend...
Matz, who missed his last start due to shoulder soreness played catch on Saturday, and later said he felt 'fine.' He'll be examined by a doctor in New York on Monday before the Mets determine whether he'll make his next start >> Read more
Neil Walker will go on paternity leave Monday with his wife expected to give birth to the couple's first child >> Read more
Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera were activated from the DL prior to Friday's game >> Read more
The Mets activated RH reliever Jim Henderson from the disabled list Saturday and sent reliever Erik Goeddel to Triple-A Las Vegas >> Read more
What's on tap for Monday, Aug. 22
The Mets are off on Monday.
They 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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