We promised we would stop updating you on the if-the-season-ended-today-because-of-a-horrible-national-tragedy standings updates when the Mets fell out of the pretend playoffs. Last week at this time, the Mets were in first place and riding high off one of their greatest weekends in history. All that good will is now gone after the last week of games. This is why the Mets can't have nice things. This'll be the last one of these posts. (Until they're back in, of course.)
Let's not get into the details of the Subway Series — we'll let Yankees Joe take care of that — except to say that the Mets were swept, right on the heels of a frustrating series in Washington and after being in first place last week, they went 1–6 on the week. That is an excellent way to fall out of the pretend playoffs.
The worst part about the last week for the Mets is that they really weren't getting destroyed. Other than the 9-1 loss to the Yankees on Friday, the Mets were in every game of the six they lost this week. The losses were by scores of 5–4, 7–6, 5–3, 4–2, and 5–4. That's the sort of week that makes you throw something blunt and heavy across the room.
All is not lost, of course. Even with the rough week, the Mets are only two games out of the second Wild Card spot, currently held by the San Francisco Giants. And in the National League Central, the Pittsburgh Pirates are tied for first place. The point is that everything's crazy. Here's how the end-of-worth playoffs would look today (the Pirates and Reds are tied for first, but we gave the spot to the Pirates because they have a 5–4 series lead on the Reds and also because they're the Pirates):
New York Yankees/Baltimore Orioles (Wild Card coin-flip winner) versus Tampa Bay Rays
Chicago White Sox versus Texas Rangers
Atlanta Braves/San Francisco Giants (Wild Card coin-flip winner) versus Los Angeles Dodgers
Pittsburgh Pirates versus Washington Nationals
The Mets have a much-needed day off today and then have six games this week against first-place teams: three in Tampa and then three at home against Cincinnati. We're done with this weekly post until the Mets get back in the pretend playoffs on a Monday morning. It might be a while.