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Coutinho: For Mets, It’s Do Or Die Time

By Rich Coutinho
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The Mets are 55-55 after 110 games and as Bill Parcells would say, “You are what your record says you are.”

But the Mets’ case is a bit more complicated than that. They are on the cusp of the wild card race — seven behind the Braves in the loss column — and have actually leapfrogged over Florida, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati in the past few months.

As of Friday, only St. Louis and Arizona stand between the Mets and the Braves. They have nine games left with Atlanta, including six at Citi Field in August. They play three of those games this weekend — and these are urgent times for the Mets.

A sweep would put the Mets four back in loss column (five in the standings since Atlanta has played two more games than the Mets), but two wins is an absolute necessity for this team. Falling further back in the standings could really end any wild card hopes.

From the Braves’ perspective, they are only 10-10 since the All Star break. The injury to Brian McCann has hurt their offense despite the addition of Michael Bourne. I have said all along that the Braves’ starting pitching might hit a wall — and to a certain extent it has as Jurrgens and Lowe have struggled in the past three weeks.

Their bullpen remains strong, and that simply means you must have the lead on this team once you enter the seventh inning. Fredi Gonzalez has shown no hesitance  in using his big three bullpen hurlers (O’Flaherty, Venters, and Kimbrol) every single day. You wonder what overworking them will do to the Braves in the last two months of the season.

But back to The Mets. It’s clear that the losses of K-Rod and Beltran will hurt the team’s chances of catching the Braves. Anyone who thinks otherwise is clearly deluded — and disrespectful to the resumes of those two players. But this weekend is not about that at all.

The Mets have a chance here — a slim chance but nonetheless, a chance. They need to bring the energy to Citi that they bring on the road. They need to let Jose Reyes set the tone early by wreaking havoc on the bases. They need to take chances out there because if they play it straight, the Braves have too many bullets in their holster.

For the Mets fans, enjoy this weekend. Your team has fought through so much adversity just to make this series matter. And should they take two (or dare I say sweep), they will buy themselves a few more weeks in the hunt.

Should they get closer in that next couple of weeks, the anticipation of another Braves-Mets series later this month at Citi will intensify.

Sure, it is a long shot — but anything worth getting is worth trying for. The first giant step in showing both the Braves and the baseball world that the Mets belong in the playoff conversation begins this weekend.

Will the Mets make a statement against Atlanta? Make your prediction below…

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  1. LOUIE says:

    the patsies folded against the jets in the playoffs, you forgot about that game. it was so long ago.there a has been team.by the way there are plenty of redsuck fans in the cemetary that never saw them win a championship, do you know any of them? LOL YOU DONKEY

  2. flea says:

    BoSox fan in NY…..i never said i was a Giants fan. As a matter of fact, i hope they go 0-16. They were lucky as hell to win that superbowl. BUT THEY STILL WON. The pats CHOKED. Blew a chance to make history. As for the NFL, i wish the lock-out never ended. I’m sick of it already. Take the gambling out of football, and along go 60% of “football fans”……The New York Yankees..that’s where it’s at.

  3. Kurt Spitzner says:

    STICK A FORK IN THE METS BECAUSE THEY ARE DONE UNTIL MONEY FLOWS OR NEW OWNERSHIP IS IN PLACE!SAD BUT TRUE!

    1. emmas says:

      One thing i know about blow sox fans from living in central Connecticut is that when the red sox are winning, you can’t shut them up. I am a 28 years old doctor, mature and beautiful.and now I am seeking a good man who can give me real love , so i got a username Lindasunny2002 on–a’ge’l’es’s’da’te.c óm–.it is the first and best club for y’ounger women and old’er men, or older women and y’ounger men,to int’eract with each other. Maybe you wanna ch’eck ‘it out or tell your friends!

  4. louie says:

    have you notice as the season fades and the mets continue to slide down in the standings coutinho articles are showing up less and less these days, what happened to the the most exciting baseball team in ny equal to the yankees surging towards a playoff spot, buyers not sellers, i guess hes hiding under a rock, wait till next year, wait he pop up again holy cow

    1. BoSox fan in NY says:

      Im always amused how many Skankee fans pick on the Mets a team that hasn’t made any noise in the past four years. Perhaps they need something to feel big about you know since they cant beat the Sox, picking on the Mets is like kicking a dog. Also the complaints of media bias towards the Mets is also amusing coming from Skank fans. When the Mets get the same media treatment the Skanks get from ESPN, Francesa and the rest of the sports media then the Skank fans can start complaining. Until then they’re full of hot air, just like Obama.

      1. LOUIE says:

        YOUR RIGHT ABOUT ONE THING OBAMA. I GUESS YOU DONT READ THE NY DAILY NEWSTHE BIGGEST SPORT COLUMIST IN NY IS A RED SOX LOVER YANKESS HATER[ MIKE LUPICA],SPEAKING OF ESPN THEIR THE RED SOX BIGGEST SHILLS. I GUESS THE YANKEES ARE CO GREATEST TEAM OF ALL TIME ALONG WITH THIS YEARS BOSOX. SEE YOU IN OCTOBER

      2. flea says:

        Just worry about your own dynasty in Boston… 2 championships in 92 years.

    2. BoSox fan in NY says:

      Aw did I make the little Skank fan mad? Or is your capslock stuck? Don’t worry Im looking forward to October too, perhaps you’ll be able to beat Texas this time around so then we can send you back to the Bronx. Then you can sit and watch your Giants and Rangers choke another season away, while the Pats and Bruins crush the big mouthed Jets, the old Devils and put Brodeur into retirement.

      1. LOUIE says:

        gee i dont remember the redsucks in the playoff last year, gee i can remember the giants romp over the patsies in the superbowl, its been along time since they won onel.long time since the redsucks won one too. its great to be a giant yankee fan, hey did your granfather or hisfather get to see the redsucks win a championship too bad thats life. how does it feel to be in second place with the greatest team of all time, GET USE TO IT, YOU DONKEY

      2. flea says:

        One thing i know about blow sox fans from living in central Connecticut is that when the red sox are winning, you can’t shut them up. When they’re losing, you have to look under a rock to find one of them……2 championships in 92 years.

      3. BoSox fan in NY says:

        Oh yea you can talk about your victory over the Pats all you want but it was nothing but sheer luck. How has your Giants done since then? Oh wait? They keep choking season after season. Little Eli couldn’t even beat big brother when the Colts lost most of their star players how sad is that? Even the Jets beat Peyton when it counted! Its gotten so bad for you losers that the lowly Eagles are now the talk of the NFC east. So when will be the next Miracle at the Meadowlands in which the Giants get embarrassed again? Ill be looking forward to the Pats doing a 42 to 3 against the Giants this season just like what we did to the Jets last year. The Pats are still the strongest team out of the Gnats, Yets and the Feagels.

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