Oh, man, am I happy the Mets have clinched.
I remember looking ahead to the last weekend of the season - exactly where we find ourselves now - and being terrified that the Mets would have to defend a slim division lead over the charging Nationals.
Suffice to say, that's not the case.
The Mets stumbled this week against Philadelphia.
The truth is, they aren't playing good baseball right now.
The timing is bad, and it has me a little worried. The team is banged up and tired - Yoenis Cespedes and Wilmer Flores both left the game with injuries on Wednesday, and several starting pitchers have had no consistency at all in their past month of starts due to innings limits and constraints. The Mets have not been playing fluid baseball in the last two weeks.
The good news? It doesn't really matter.
I mean, yeah, it matters. It matters because with three games left, the Mets and Dodgers have the same record, and both desperately want home field advantage. Fortunately, the Mets hold the tiebreaker against LA having beaten them in the season series, so that gives them a little bit of leeway.
It matters because you want to enter the playoffs playing well, not poorly.
But beyond that, it's really OK that the team isn't playing well.
And most of all, I'm happy that the team plays their archrival Washington this weekend with nothing at stake.
Washington is a disaster, maybe the laughing stock of the league because of the way they have collapsed and failed to live up to expectations this season.
But I still don't want to have to protect a lead against them - a team with a chance is a motivated team.
The Mets can relax this weekend. Let's take 2 of 3 from a bad team and ride that into the postseason, hopefully by way of a Game 1 matchup with Los Angeles in Queens.