With the Mets magic number at just 7, the Amazin's are inching closer to their first postseason berth since 2006. Aiming to wash away the stench left behind following the late season collapses in 2007 and 2008, this year's Mets are doing everything in their power to avoid a similar fate.
Matt Harvey's innings limit has created angst in the Big Apple, but the wealth of pitching the Amazin's have on their side should be more than enough to hold off the Washington Nationals for the division crown. The real question remains as to whether the Mets are battle tested for October given the weak competition within the NL East.
It's a legitimate concern as both the Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins have put up little resistance on the Amazin's path to a division pennant. The Marlins did win the last two series from New York, but largely the Amazin's have cruised through the second half virtually unchallenged.
The Mets have two games remaining with the Braves before head to Great American Ballpark to face the Cincinatti Reds for a three-game weekend series. New York then travels to Philadelphia for a three-game series followed by what they hope will be a meaningless series at Citi Field against the Nationals to close out the regular season.
New York is set up to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in the NLDS, much like they did in 2006. The Amazin's trail the Dodgers by two games in the loss column for home field advantage in that series. It's very possible that the Mets could have a similar path to the World Series this year as they faced in 2006 when the Dodgers and Cardinals stood in their way.
Ultimately the Mets will be opposing stiff competition come October, but has the regular season prepared an inexperienced pitching staff for the rigors and grind of October?
It will be interesting to keep an eye on Harvey's innings limit as Mets fans suffered watching him exit after five innings in the Subway Series finale only to see the bullpen completely implode.
Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard are the building blocks for the organization for he next 5-10 years, but will they come up clutch when the lights shine brightest?
It's not the easiest task. Just ask Clayton Kershaw.
So while this Mets season has been a magical ride and they're putting the finishing touches on a memorable regular season, the ultimate measure of this year's Mets will be how they stack up in the postseason.
No one gave the Amazin's a chance to win the division and few are picking them to come out of a powerful National League.
Terry Collins and company are poised for a deep playoff run, but first they have some unfinished business to take care of in the NL East.