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Welcome to the stretch run, New York Mets fans! After taking 2 out of 3 from the Washington Nationals this weekend, the Mets did pull manage to within 8.5 games of Washington. However, barring a major meltdown by the Nationals over the last 26 games, it appears that they have the division locked up.
The more positive news is that the Mets are now only one game back of the @St. Louis for the second Wild Card spot, and only 3.5 games behind San Francisco for the top spot. With 25 games left in the season, the Mets only play 3 games against a team with a winning record, and those are against Washington. It stands to reason that a Wild Card berth is very well within the Mets reach.
With a quick turnaround Monday afternoon for a game in Cincinnati, here are the 3 stars from the Nationals series:
Robert Gsellman: 6 IP, 1 Earned Run, 6 Hits, 3 Walks, 4 Strikeouts, Win
Gsellman has performed well in his 3 games since being called up, going 2-1 and posting a 2.87 ERA with 11 strikeouts. Depending on the status of Jacob deGrom and Steven Matz over the next few weeks, Gsellman may be getting a few more starts under his wing before the playoffs.
Seth Lugo: 7IP, 1 Earned Run, 6 Hits, 0 Walks, 4 Strikeouts, Win
Remember at the start of the season, and the Mets strength was the starting pitching, and the question was “what to do with Bartolo Colon when Zach Wheeler returns in July”? Well, it seems the Mets strength is now Bartolo Colon, and the three rookie pitchers (Gsellman, Lugo, Rafael Montero).
Asdrubal Cabrera : 4 for 11, Double, Home Run, 2 Runs, RBI
Once again in a weekend where the Mets hitting was slightly less than stellar, Cabrera continues to be the most consistent hitter in the lineup. His 117 hits on the year are now tops on the team, and is providing RBI opportunities for the rest of the lineup.
Hopefully the early game Monday after the late game Sunday blues can stay for the game in Cincinnati.