Baseball Crank
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July 7, 2005
BASEBALL: Now, The Hard Part

I said two weeks ago that the Mets needed to go at least 11-6 against the NL East in their current stretch of playing 17 of 23 against their own division, if they wanted to remain sufficiently serious 2005 contenders to justify hanging on to veterans they could otherwise deal at the deadline. With yesterday's victory over the Nationals, the Mets are now 7-5 in that stretch, leaving them 42-42 and in last place, two games behind third place Florida, five behind wild-card-leading Atlanta and nine behind the overachieving Nats (who have allowed more runs than they've scored, strongly suggesting a second-half collapse). I stand by what I said: the Mets are still just outside the race looking in, and if they can't take the dramatic step of taking four of five between today's game against Washington and the four game set against Atlanta, they shouldn't be maneuvering themselves for a futile pennant chase this fall.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 8:21 AM | Baseball 2005 | Comments (1) | TrackBack (0)
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I just don't see it! For the Mets to achieve a winning % of 65% in the stretch your looking at. . .is highly unlikely. Don't underestimate the Nats. They are not overachieving. Maybe just misunderstood.

Posted by: bob from DC at July 9, 2005 11:37 AM
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