The Mets have dropped like lead in the past week, and they are dropping in the exact same way they dropped last season. Losing to the teams that are already long eliminated is happening too often yet again. The Mets are unable to put these teams away like they have all season or like they had all season until September last year.
The closer situation is just about as scary as the amount of wins the Washington Nationals have. That will continue to be the most obvious and glaring weakness of this team heading into the next two weeks leading up to the playoffs.
The good news, however, is that a playoff berth shouldn’t be too much of a problem because the Brewers fired their manager, Ned Yost, yesterday in a surprise move that shocked the baseball world. It was the first time a manager has been fired who had that record and whose team was lined up to make the playoffs this late in the season. With the Brewers essentially manager-less, I can’t see them wrapping up the NL Wild Card spot.
As for the rest of the NL Wild Card Race, I can clearly remember listening to a Mets broadcast on WFAN on August 15 when How Rose stated that the Houston Astros have been in so deep of a hole all season that it would be very unlikely that they would climb back up. Rose also stated that they were on a big winning streak as of late at the time, and that every year they often come back to life just a tad bit too late or just in time. This year, they are right back in the hunt, as they are only 2.5 games out of the wild card.
As far as baseball goes tonight, the Mets will resume their series with the Nationals by sending Mike Pelfrey to the mound to face Odalis Pereze, who is really struggling. Just last week, he gave up six earned runs against the Mets. We’ll see if the Mets can do the same thing again.