Over the past two weeks, the Mets have proven their mettle against a third-place team and two fifth-place clubs, winning 13 of their last 14 games to rocket back into the National League postseason race. That’s no criticism; the Mets have played the schedule as presented to them and thrived, achieving their best run since winning 16 of 17 in 1990.
After throttling the Marlins on Wednesday, 7-2, behind four home runs and a strong Steven Matz start, the Mets capped a four-game series sweep at Citi Field with their sixth consecutive victory. Now comes the hard part. Just one game back of the second NL Wild Card spot (pending the result of the Phillies’ game in Arizona late Wednesday night), the Mets are scheduled to host the second-place Nationals for three games this weekend. Three more loom next week in Atlanta against the division-leading Braves. And things don’t grow much easier from there.