Poll on .500, NL Standings and What’s Next for the Mets

The Mets and Phillies were off yesterday. The Braves, Marlins and Nationals won.

The Mets need to go 16-9 the rest of the season to finish .500.

Tonight in Citi Field, they open a six-game home-stand, beginning with a three-game set starting against the Braves tonight with Jon Niese (10-8, 3.55 ERA) taking on Paul Maholm (11-9, 3.79 ERA) at 7:10 PM.

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

Yesterday, I was asked by three different people: “Is it important to you that the Mets finish above .500?” In each case I said, ‘Not really,’ because, in the end, my goal is to see this team eventually get back to respectability, build a new foundation, sustain success and eventually win a World Series again. In March I wrote here that my goal for 2012 was to see the Mets play the type of season that left fans feeling positive going in to 2013. I said, .500 or no .500, playoff race or no playoff race, as long as fans feel like the organization is moving forward and headed in the right direction, 2012 will be successful. If reaching that consensus is helped by finishing at .500, great. If not, that’s fine too.