If the season ended today - and let's be very clear about something: it doesn't - where would the Mets stand?
It's a tough spot for the Mets.
They are currently 1.5 games back of the LA Dodgers, and the Cardinals look to have the #1 seed locked up, meaning the Mets and the Dodgers would face off in the NLDS.
And the Mets would be on the road for games 1, 2, and 5 of the 5-game set.
Are the Mets a better team than the Dodgers?
Through and through, yes, I believe that they are. Their lineup is stronger and deeper, as is the back end of the bullpen.
But there's one undeniable fact about the Dodgers that is going to make them a nightmare matchup in the playoffs.
They have the best one-two punch in the majors.
Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are filthy. Sick. Ridiculous.
Statistically, one of the best pair of starting pitchers the league has ever seen.
And the Mets would have to face them both. Twice.
All hope is not lost - the Mets do have one of the league's best rotations, too, but it's going to require Jacob deGrom and Matt Harvey getting back on track after both players have fallen in productivity recently.
It's an exciting thought, to imagine a playoff atmosphere where the Mets have to beat Greinke and Kershaw.