The Mets’ NL East lead, as soon as 10.5 video games, was formally erased on Tuesday night time after the Braves escaped the Athletics with a 10-9 win.
The Braves did one thing the Mets have struggled to do over just lately: beat a last-place crew. The Mets fell 7-1 to the Nationals on each Saturday and Sunday earlier than shedding 8-2 to the Pirates on Tuesday, leaving the crew in a tie atop the division. The Pirates and Nationals are the underside two groups within the Nationwide League with lower than a month remaining.
So as to add insult to damage, Max Scherzer was positioned on the injured record with left facet irritation, although he isn’t expected to overlook greater than two begins.
It was robust in charge the Mets for his or her steadily shrinking division lead till this current stretch. The Braves have been dominant for greater than three months now, with a 62-24 file since June and 21-5 file since shedding a five-game sequence to the Mets in August.
Atlanta has left no respiratory room, and the Mets can not afford to lose three straight to the Nationals and Pirates in the event that they plan on making it out of the NL in October.
Successful the NL East would permit the Mets to enter the postseason because the NL’s No. 2 seed, host the NLDS, and provides veterans like Scherzer an opportunity to relaxation.
Incomes the highest wild card spot would pressure the Mets right into a three-game playoff in opposition to the second wild card crew. Successful that sequence would virtually definitely ship the Mets to Los Angeles to face the Dodgers within the NLDS.
The NL East could come right down to a three-game sequence between the Mets and Braves in Atlanta close to the top of the season, but when the previous few days are any indication, the Mets must be cautious of their sequence in opposition to the Nationals to shut out the yr.