After going 1 and 5 against the last-place Arizona Diamondbacks the past two weeks, the New York Mets do not have to worry about facing them in the playoffs. Being in last, Arizona isn’t going. The way the Mets have played over the past few weeks, they are not going either. Dropping 2 out of 3 in the desert this week dropped the Mets to .500 at with just 42 games remaining. With a 10.5 game deficit in the Division, and only 6 games remaining against the leading Nationals, it looks like the Wild Card will be the only hope of the Mets in their attempt to get back to the post-season.
(If you are looking for a silver lining, the 1973 Amazin’ Mets were just 54-66 on August 18, and still were able to win the Pennant)
Against Arizona, the bats started to come alive, with 18 runs scored in the 3 games. The killer this week was poor pitching and defense. 16 Hits, 12 Walks and 4 Errors all helped contribute to Arizona scoring 28 runs.
Here are the 3 stars of the series:
Noah Syndergaard: 5.2 IP, 2 ER, 7 Hits allowed, 2 Walks, 8 Strikeouts
Syndergaard gets the star for two things: First, he was the only pitcher to record a win in the series, although it was not his best performance of the season. Second, he launched his third Home Run of the season, a two-run shot in the fifth inning that tied him with Tom Seaver in 1972 and Walt Terrell in 1983 as the only Mets pitchers to hit 3 Home Runs in a single season.
Jose Reyes: 5 for 13, 2 Runs, 3 RBI’s
Reyes’ return from the Disabled List seems to have coincided with the better than usual offense this week. If he can stay healthy the remainder of the season, Reyes’ ability to get on base consistently will help once Yoenis Cespedes and Asdrubal Cabrera return from The DL in the next week.
T.J. Rivera: 5 for 12, Double, 2 Runs, RBI
Since his arrival on August 10, Rivera is batting .346 while only striking out twice in the 8 games he’s played in. His ability to play multiple positions will make him a valuable bench asset for the remainder of the season, and should get serious consideration for a full time spot in 2017.
The Mets now head to San Francisco to take on the Wild Card leading, yet slumping, Giants. Although they are 6 games back of the Giants for the top spot in the Wild Card, the 4 games against them this weekend will go a long way to help make up ground in the race. Next week comes a crucial series against the Cardinals. After that, the schedule seems to get easier, with the remaining opponents currently sporting a .460 winning percentage (that number includes the 13 games against the Marlins and Nationals. If the Mets are going to make a move to the playoffs, this will be the time to do it.