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The Mets Remain in the Pretend Playoffs!

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 06: R.A. Dickey #43 of the New York Mets pitches against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field on May 6, 2012 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images) Your play-in game starter?

We have vowed, every Monday in which such a post would be applicable, to devote a Monday post to the Mets as long as they're still in the If the Season Ended Today Playoffs. And look, for the fourth straight week, they still are!

R.A. Dickey, who honestly might be the Mets' nicest find of the last half-decade, shut down the Arizona Diamondbacks yesterday to win a three-game set and offset the nasty taste brought on by the sweep by Houston earlier in the week. Dickey is now 4-1 on the year and, to our eyes, one of the two Mets who would make the All-Star team, were such a matter to be put together so early. (Along with David Wright, of course.) Mets manager Terry Collins allowed Dickey to pitch into the ninth to go for a shutout, but a leadoff walk took care of that. True to form, Dickey spent the next two hours "steaming" about it.

The news wasn't all excellent for the Mets yesterday. Ruben Tejada, one of the team's more pleasant surprises this season, caught his spike in the dirt, fell over, and strained his quad muscle. He's likely to go onto the disabled list, so it'll be time for Jordany Valdespin to, well, spin. (Ronny Cedeno will back in a week or so as well.)

But no such sadness here. The Mets are still in the fake playoffs!

Here's how those playoffs would look, were there a national tragedy and the season ended today:

American League
Tampa Bay Rays/Toronto Blue Jays (wild card coin-flip winner) versus Baltimore Orioles
Cleveland Indians versus Texas Rangers

National League
New York Mets/Atlanta Braves (wild card coin-flip winner) versus Los Angeles Dodgers
St. Louis Cardinals versus Washington Nationals

Do note that the Mets are in the fake playoffs, and that the Yankees are not. Now that would be something. This week, the Mets travel to Philadelphia and Miami for divisional matchups. Let's see if we're doing this post again next week!

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Photo: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images