In 2006 the Cardinals were in first place in the National League Central by seven games over the Reds with 12 games remaining. Over the those final 12 games, the Cardinals were 3-9 and ended up winning the division by 1.5 games.
The Tigers also struggled down the stretch last season, going 5-7 over there final 12 games to relinquish their lead in the American League Central to the Twins.
Even though they struggled down the stretch, both teams made the World Series last season.
…this is an important note, as even if the Mets do continue to struggle down the stretch, which i do not expect, there is a precedent to suggest that they can still be successful in the post-season, even the 2000 Yankees lost 15 of 18, including seven straight, to end the regular season…