Yesterday on Twitter, numerous people asked me if the Mets could possibly make a run at the second Wild Card spot. While that would be incredibly awesome and remains mathematically possible, it's very unlikely they will be able to accomplish the feat. It's not that it can't or won't happen - rather, the cards are stacked against them and a lot needs to go right for them in order for them to get there. For starters, the Mets need to win 17 of the final 28 games just to get to .500 for the season. On top of that, the Mets need to pass five teams in the race (and need them all to fall apart in the process). At a minimum, the Mets basically need to run the table in their series' against St. Louis this week, Atlanta this weekend, and the Brewers and Pirates later this month. The frustrating part about this is if the Mets were just half as bad as they were in the six weeks after the All-Star Break, their position and the discussion today is completely different.
What I want to see over the final month is quality and inspired play - the same we saw in the first half - on a nightly basis. If they can do that, .500 should not be out of the realm of possibility, and the stuff that is out of their control will just have to play out. If they can get a little closer this week and make the last 3 1/2 weeks more meaningful, that would be a win for everyone, including the organization as they will likely draw more at the gate (which Sandy Alderson has indicated is important from a revenue perspective).
To read about yesterday's win over the Marlins, check out this post on MetsBlog, as well as beat reports from MLB.com, the Wall Street Journal, Star-Ledger, Bergen Record, Journal News, ESPN New York, Newsday, the Daily News and New York Post.
The Mets open a three-game series with the Cardinals today at Busch Stadium, with Collin McHugh (0-0, 0.00 ERA) facing Joe Kelly (4-6, 3.61 ERA) at 2:15 pm.