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New York Mets Facing Do-Or-Die Series With First-Place Washington Nationals

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If the New York Mets want to make a push for the postseason now would be the perfect time to do so. Tonight they start a three game series with the first-place Washington Nationals which they trail by 7.5 games. This is the ideal situation in which they can make up ground in a quick way as they can chip away at the Nationals’ 7.5-game lead. This is certainly easier said than done considering the Mets are 2-7 against the Nationals this year.

The Mets need to put their struggles against the Nationals behind them and try to take at least two of the three games of this series. They can’t afford to drop this series and would really be in some deep water if they were to be swept. If that were to happen they would really be looking at an uphill battle for the rest of the season that they would come up on the short end of.

If the Mets can come out with a series win they would at least keep themselves within striking distance of the Nationals. We saw them lose two out of three games last week to them which was a tough pill to swallow. They were able to bounce back by taking three out of four games from the Philadelphia Phillies which has kept them afloat in the NL East.

This series can very well set the tone for the rest of the season if the Mets can somehow come away with a sweep, which would obviously be the best-case scenario. It would really give them a boost in the right direction, and it could very well mean it’s the first step to an improbable postseason run. On the other hand, if they drop the series it very well could mean that the Mets will be out of the playoff picture for good.

It really could go either way over the course of the next three games. If I was on this club I would be as hyped as ever for the next three games, because this is going to be their biggest series to date. They need to treat each game like a playoff game, because that is really what is going to be like for the Mets. The season is coming close to the end, and now is the time for the Mets to make a run if they are going to do so.

The clock is ticking on the Mets’ 2014 season, and this series is really do-or-die for them. If they can come out on top it really would be a great story to see this team pull within 4.5 games of first place. They haven’t played meaningful baseball down the stretch of a season since 2008, and it would be nice to see that happen in Queens for a change.

Robert DeVita is a New York Mets writer for Follow him on Twitter @RobertDeVita24, like him on Facebook and add him to your network on Google.