Tank of the night: Mets

September, 18, 2013
9/18/13
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Back by popular demand! This gives us an excuse to run the current standings in the race to 10 -- finishing with one of the worst 10 records in order to have your first-round draft pick protected if you sign a premium free agent, or simply to gain more draft money by finishing lower in the overall standings.

The Mets ran out a lineup with these OBPs on Tuesday: .316, .291, .317., .356, .258, .280, .233, .258. Again, not batting averages, but on-base percentages. Hey, they actually scored five runs but the pitching staff allowed eight and the Giants won 8-5 in a crucial matchup.

Standings:

 


Team W L Pct. GB
1. Astros 51 100 .338 ---
2. Marlins 55 96 .364 4
3. White Sox 60 91 .397 9
4. Cubs 63 88 .417 12
5. Twins 64 86 .427 13.5
6. Mariners 66 85 .437 15
7. Brewers 67 83 .447 16.5
7. Mets 67 83 .447 16.5
9. Rockies 69 83 .455 17.5
10. Blue Jays 69 81 .460 18.5
11. Giants 70 81 .464 19
12. Padres 70 80 .467 19.5
13. Phillies 71 80 .470 20


Still a crowded race, with just 3.5 games separating the No. 7 teams from the 13th team. Since we last ran the standings last Monday, kudos to the Mariners for creating some space as they've gone 1-7 while being outscored 50 to 18. That's taking tanking to a new level. The Giants went 6-2 and the Padres 5-3 to play themselves out of the top 10. Not a big deal for the Padres, since they don't sign big free agents anyway, but this could be an issue for the Giants if they want to pursue one of the big names who will be out there (not including re-signing Hunter Pence and/or Tim Lincecum). The Phillies, another big-market team, went 5-3. They can't lose right, either.

David Schoenfield | email

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