The good news is that the Mets were able to take 2 out of 3 from the Cardinals, who hold the second Wild Card spot to pull within 3.5 games. The bad news is that they have no games remaining against them this year. Likewise for the Wild Card-Leading Dodgers, and the Pirates, who are one game ahead of New York. If the Mets are going to win the Wild Card, they are going to need to win their games, and get help from the others along the way.
As was the case in the Giants series over the weekend, the Mets offense has started to show signs of life, scoring 17 runs and going 10-26 with runners in scoring position. However pitching is still in flux, as now Jon Niese has gone down with an injury, and Jacob de Grom had another off night, accounting for the loss on Wednesday.
Here are the three stars from the series:
Alejandro De Aza: 2 for 7, Home Run, 3 Runs, 5 RBI’s
After going 0 for 3 in the first 2 games, De Aza propelled the Mets to the win in the rubber game with his 5 RBI effort to go along with his Home Run and 2 of his 3 runs scored fort the series. De Aza will need to keep these numbers up to provide some spark of the bench for the rest of the season.
Asdrubal Cabrera: 6 for 13, 4 Doubles, Run, 2 RBI’s
Cabrera was the most consistent hitter in the series, getting a hit in each one, hitting at least a double in each game.
Jose Reyes: 4 for 12, 3 Runs, RBI
Reyes again provides the spark at the top of the batting order. If Cabrera can continue to hit consistently, and if Yoenis Cespedes can continue to hit as long as he stays healthy, the run opportunities will continue for Reyes and the rest of the top third of the order.
The Mets return home for an extremely important 9-game home stand starting Friday night with three games against the Phillies. After that it’s four against Miami, who they are fighting for the Wild Card. Then Washington comes to town to give the Mets a chance to show they can win against the league leaders down the stretch, and potentially deep into October.