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And DOWN THE STRETCH THEY COME! With just 10 games to go in the regular season, The Mets, Cardinals, and Giants all find themselves tied for the 2 Wild-Card spots with identical 80-72 records.
Should there still be a tie on the morning of October 3, baseball will employ its tie breaking procedure, which is so complicated, they might be better off doing Rock-Paper-Scissors, or launch a reality show to find the 2 teams to advance.
Of course, this situation could have been less of a possibility had the Mets taken at least 2 out of 3 from Atlanta this week. But alas, the Braves played the spoiler role to the letter, and the Mets once again could not generate enough offense to avoid being swept by the Braves. Luckily, the Mets have a slight advantage, as the Cardinals face the Cubs this weekend, and the Giants have the Dodgers o tape to close out the regular season. The Mets just needs to take care of business against Philadelphia and Miami from here on out.
To put the ugliness of the Braves series behind us, here are the three stars for the series:
Curtis Granderson: 4 for 11, Double, 2 Runs, RBI
It good to see Granderson starting to show signs of hitting again. Over the last 7 days, Granderson has been able to hit .300 with a couple of Home Runs to go along with it. He also has raised his average 13 points this month.
Asdrubal Cabrera : 4 for 11, Double, Home Run, 2 Runs, 3RBI’s
Cabrera’s Home Run on Wednesday night gave him 21 for the year, His 20 as a Shortstop set a new record for Home Runs by a Mets Shortstop in a season, which was previously set by Jose Reyes in 2006.
T.J. Rivera: 4 for 11, Home Run, Run, 2 RBI’s
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. Since the “Second Baseman of the Future” was traded away for the severely underperforming Jay Bruce. I would love to see TJ Rivera given serious consideration for the starting job at Second next season, especially if Neil Walker is not re-signed. Should Walker be re-signed, Rivera deserves the top spot as a versatile infielder, as Kelly Johnson has been able to do the past 2 seasons for the Mets.
Buckle Up, Mets fans, and enjoy the next 10 games