WASHINGTON -- It may be time to swap believing for bereaving.
After losing two of three games in D.C., the Mets (54-61) now trail the first-place Washington Nationals by nine games. The Mets are 7½ out of a wild-card spot. And that’s with four other nonplayoff teams ahead of them.
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The fact is, even finishing with a winning record might be an uphill battle. The Mets would need a .596 winning percentage the rest of the way (28-19) to get there.
The Mets are trying to avoid their sixth straight losing season. Their current sub-.500 streak is tied with the Houston Astros for the longest active streak in the majors.
Asked after Thursday’s 5-3, 13-inning defeat against the Nats if enough divisional games remained for the Mets to be in the race, captain David Wright offered a variation of the one-day-at-a-time cliché.
Only it really is true.
“I don’t know,” Wright said. “What you’ve got to avoid doing is looking ahead and saying, ‘Hey, we’ve got this many games left. We’re this many games behind.’ What you’ve got to do is just go out and win tomorrow and then win the game in front of you.”
As for the rubber-game letdown against the Nats, Wright opined: “You win the first game of the series, usually you have a pretty good shot of winning that series. Offensively we’re not scoring many runs. We’re putting a lot of pressure on our starting pitching and bullpen -- especially when you play 14 innings, or whatever it is, and only put up three runs.”
Wright had one hit in six at-bats in the series finale. His two-out double in the top of the 13th avoided only the third 0-for-6 game of his career. He is hitting .192 (15-for-78) with no homers and six RBIs in 20 games since the All-Star break.
“To win in the division is crucial, especially with the position that we’re in, where we’re fighting like heck to try to get back to .500,” Wright said. “You come in here and win the first game, you’re feeling pretty good about yourself. And to drop the next two, that’s not how we played it out in our minds, for sure. We’ve got four big ones in Philadelphia. Wins in Philadelphia are pretty important also.”