Reason For Hope: Mets Final 25 Games – MLB BaseballWednesday, August 24, 2016 14:00
Do the New York Mets have a chance at the playoffs?
The New York Mets’ Chances
After last year’s surprisingly successful season, the New York Mets have had a very tough and unlucky follow-up season. With injuries plaguing the Mets throughout the year combined with players underachieving, the Mets have been stuck at around .500 for weeks now.
Even with all that has happened, the Mets still have more than a decent chance to claim that second wild card spot. They currently only sit 4.5 games out of that spot, behind the Pirates and Marlins, with the Giants and Cardinals currently holding down those two playoff spots. The Mets may catch a huge break starting on September 5th, as their schedule has some of the worst teams in baseball on it.
The final 25 games feature the Reds, Braves (six games) Nationals, Twins, Marlins, and Phillies (seven games). These teams have a combined .505 winning percentage. Any team in the hunt would give anything to play the Braves (45-80) and Twins (49-75) for 9 out of their last 25 games of the season, as they have the two worst records in all of baseball. If you take out the Nationals and Marlins records, the combined winning percentage of the Phillies, Braves, Reds, and Twins is .411.
With Yoenis Cespedes heating up combined with the Mets’ easy schedule for the last 25 games, it is very premature to say the team is out of it. However, players do need to step it up. Jay Bruce is hitting an abysmal .169 with the Mets in his 19 games with the club, driving in only 6 RBIs. Fellow outfielder Curtis Granderson has also hit a rough patch at the wrong time of the season, hitting only .172 in the month of August with just 5 RBIs.
The Mets are a terrible 16-24 over their last 40 games, which is the reason they are in the hole they are in now. Most Mets fans are pessimistic and have every right to be. Coming off a World Series year with the pitching they had, there was no reason to think the Mets would have been where they are today. Anything can happen in baseball, and when you look at the final 25 games for the Mets, there’s a huge opportunity to make up ground and make their way back to the playoffs to defend their National League crowns.
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