Thursday, September 1, 2016

Commentary: The Mets have won the series, but now's not the time to stop

Don't look now, but the Mets are clawing their way towards being in a Wild Card position.

Seems strange to say after a season that has seen so many injuries that have brought a potential pennant to potential early October off-season.

But that's where the Mets sit, having won the first three games of this four game series against the Miami Marlins.

8-2 the last ten games, the Mets have moved within 1-1/2 games of the second wild card spot, currently held onto by the St. Louis Cardinals.

It's a position many didn't think the Mets would be in after Matt Harvey, David Wright and Lucas Duda all checked out for the season due to injury.  But the team has pulled through, with new and existing talent working together to crank out wins when they needed to.

It's not to say that it has been easy.  There have been multiple moments when the Mets looked like they were about ready to wave the white flag for 2016.  But off the heels of two rough series against the Arizona Cardinals and another against the San Francisco Giants who were in the midst of a major tailspin in August, the Mets have bounced back to win the next three series, including two critical series against the St. Louis Cardinals and now the Miami Marlins.

But now's not the time to ease up on the gas.  The Mets have a tough road ahead of them.

It has nothing to do with their strength of schedule -- the Mets have the easiest schedule the rest of the way.  But that easy schedule means that opportunity needs to be taken advantage of.  Granted there will be road bumps along the way, such as two upcoming series against the Washington Nationals, but series against the Braves, Phillies and Twins is where the Mets will need to show promise. 

Losing those series will likely hand the Mets the fatal blow that will end any playoff chance they have in 2016.  And because they're not in the driver's seat yet, now's not the time for the Amazin's to let up on the throttle.

It's crunch time.  

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