It's been a difficult week for the Mets.
After the 8 game winning streak, the Mets have gone just 2-6 over the past 8 games.
The team is getting cold at the wrong time, with the playoffs in sight. They've got two weeks to turn it around and figure out the kinks before the games start to really matter.
Fortunately, the Nationals can't get it together.
Since the Mets lost their Subway Series with the Yankees and Washington took 3 of 4 from Miami, Mets fans began to worry.
The lead in the division was down to 6, the Nationals were streaking, and the Mets were on the slide.
But, as has been the case all season long, the Nationals can't put together a solid week of baseball at a time.
With the Mets losing 2 in a row to Atlanta, the Nationals had a real chance to cut the division lead. The two teams play each other in the final 3 games of the season, and Washington knows that if they can get the lead to 3 for that series, there is going to be some major pressure on the Mets.
But they missed their opportunity.
They've lost two in a row, too, in their series with Baltimore.
The lead could've been 4. Then, I would've been really concerned.
Instead, the Mets' magic number is down to 5 - any combination of Mets wins and Nationals losses equalling 5 means the Mets clinch and go to the playoffs.
That seems like it should be a walk in the park for the Mets, even though they aren't playing well.