Standings, Beat Reports and What’s Next for the Mets

The Mets and Nationals lost last night, while the Braves, Phillies and Marlins won.

With 24 games remaining, the Mets need to go 16-8 to finish at .500 this season. Their tragic number for elimination in the National League East is down to 5, and their tragic number for elimination in the National League Wild Card is down to 9.

To read about last night’s loss to the Braves, check out this post on MetsBlog, as well as beat reports from MLB.com, the Wall Street JournalStar-LedgerBergen RecordJournal NewsESPN New YorkNewsday, the Daily News and New York Post.

The Mets continue their three-game series against the Braves this afternoon with Jeremy Hefner (2-5, 4.52 ERA) taking on Kris Medlen (7-1, 1.56 ERA). Game time is 4:05 PM.