The trade deadline came and went with the New York Mets, unsurprisingly, making zero noise as the 4:00 p.m. deadline passed. The Mets were in an interesting position where they were neither buyers or sellers this season. Now that they know what the roster will be throughout the rest of the year, it’s now time to focus on making the playoffs.
It’s a long shot, I know, but crazier things have happened as the Mets know. They are four games under .500 after taking a three-game set from the Philadelphia Phillies and six games back of a wild card spot. They do have to jump over two other teams to get that playoff berth, but it all starts this weekend as the San Francisco Giants come to Citi Field for a four-game series.
It could be a prime spot to get the Giants as they enter the series losing six of their last seven games. They are in a free fall, and the Mets are on the upswing. Add in the fact that the Mets are 10-3 at home in July, and I would say the Mets should be the favorites to win this series. It’s a big series, and their pitching staff will have to be lights out to shut down an improved Giants offense.
The good news for the Mets is that they avoid Tim Lincecum. While he may not be the best player on the Giants staff, he kills the Mets. They do, however, have to face Madison Bumgarner, their old nemesis Tim Hudson and the newly acquired Jake Peavy, so it won’t be easy by any means.
Lucas Duda and company will need to keep the offensive momentum they gained against the Phillies if they have any chance of winning this series. To date, this may be the most important series for New York, and they need to play well if they have any chance of making a run.
Since the addition of another wild card team, the lowest amount of wins by a team that made the playoffs was 88 in 2012 by the St. Louis Cardinals. That means that the Mets would have to go 36-18 in their last 54 games. It’s not going to be easy, but for the Mets, it starts tomorrow against the Giants.