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

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

The Mets need to go 17-9 to finish at .500 for the season.

Their tragic number in the National League East is eight, and their tragic number in the National League Wild Card is 17.

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

R.A. Dickey (17-4, 2.63 ERA) will hope to help the Mets avoid a sweep in the series finale this afternoon. He’ll be opposed by Adam Wainwright (13-11, 3.90 ERA). Game time is set for 1:45 PM.