Brian D, reader of MetsBlog: In my honest opinion, I think posting the Wild Card standings daily is a bit pathetic and ridiculous. It’s totally irrelevant. … I’m not knocking the enthusiasm or the optimism, but folks need to take time out for a reality check here.
Matthew Cerrone: You’re right, it is mostly irrelevant, especially after losing three of four to the Giants. At this point, at six games under with 50 games to play, the most important goal is to keep the team healthy and on track to be better next year, and the year after that, and so on; the next most important goal is getting to .500. Then, if that happens, the playoffs become a realistic target.
Do I think they can reach .500? Yes, but they’ll need to go 28-22 to get there. It’s going to mean a major winning streak at some point soon. Their next seven games are no picnic, traveling to DC and Philadelphia…
To get to 88 wins, and a shot a playoff spot, they’ll need to go 35-15, which is very improbable, bordering on impossible.
So, why do I post the standings? I bounce between posting the Wild Card and NL East to keep it in people’s minds. It has nothing to do with what I think of the state of the standings, or if the Mets do or do not have a chance, it’s just a way of giving context to their record and the rest of the league. I’m sorry if it stresses you out, Brian. But, the standings are everywhere, on MLB.com, ESPN, other blogs, news, TV game coverage, the newspaper, the sidebar of this site and others, so I’ll probably keep posting them, if for no other reason than I wake up every morning curious where the team is compared to others and I assume others feel the same way.