September 11th, 2016

Postseason Picture for September 11th 2016

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Here’s a look at the latest standings, figures and odds for the Mets and the Postseason.

First, here’s a look at the National League Eastern Division Standings:

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As you can see, Washington has this division locked up. There hasn’t been much movement in the division, and it would be highly un-likely for Washington to fall in the division.

The Wild Card is a more tight race:

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Ultimately, the Mets might be the only team that can overtake the Giants or Cardinals, Miami and Pittsburgh will need a lot of luck if they are going to have a chance.

Is the Wild Card game the Postseason?

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I was reading an article from one of my favorite, satirical Mets Bloggers, Shannon Shark, from MetsPolice.com, where he explains that a team that makes the Wild Card isn’t really a “playoff” team:

The 2016 Mets are like a team that’s trying to get the eight seed in the NHL playoffs.  Not really that good, but their fans will take a few weeks of playoff actions because hey why not. – Shannon Shark

Honestly, I disagree for a few reasons, but I do understand what he is saying. Frankly, I believe the Wild Card game is just as much of a postseason game as the seventh game of the World Series is (title, not significance, obviously).

I think the one thing that Mr.Shark hit on was that this team just isn’t really that good. And for that matter doesn’t really feel like the Mets. I have trouble rooting for Jay Bruce, Alejandro De Aza and James Loney, because they just don’t feel like the New York Mets.

Granted, a lot of injuries have occurred, and when that happens, you are pretty helpless, and have little to no control over your roster, but this team feels like a team that is being held together by glue, and we are waiting for the A guys to come back. Problem is, there are no A guys that we are waiting for, besides Duda and Lagares who are both very questionable for play this year, and David Wright, who we will be lucky to see in uniform on Opening Day 2017.

Is anyone else having trouble rooting for the 2017 Mets?