By Humbi R.
8 years old / Manhattan
With a 53-win, 46-loss record, the Mets have a good chance to make the postseason. Though 4.5 games back on the Nationals in their division, they are only half a game back on the Dodgers and the Marlins in the wildcard race.
But the Mets’ bats are floundering. They are currently in 13th place for hitting among National League teams. They depend too much on Cespedes, who leads the Mets in all five hitting categories. They could really use some power at the plate. However, Asdrubal Cabrera could be that hitter. He’s batting .261 with an on-base percentage over .300. If he could heat up his batting, the Mets would be in pretty good shape. They could also use the help of Jose Reyes, but he strained a muscle on Tuesday and isn’t expected back until the weekend. In a wildcard race this tight, every game counts.
On the other hand, the Mets’ pitchers are soaring. Behind my hero, Noah Syndergaard, the Mets’ pitching staff is second in the National League, just slightly behind the mighty Washington Nationals. DeGrom was looking better in July after an early slump, but with a loss in his most recent outing, Mets fans are understandably anxious. Still, they have one of the best closers in the game with Jeurys Familia. They could use better relief pitchers to partner with Familia and bridge the gap between him and the young starters. If DeGrom can hang on and perform like he did last season, the Mets will have the power they’ve lacked.
As it stands now, my picks for the NL postseason are the Giants, Cubs, Nationals, Mets, and Dodgers, with the Giants continuing on to the Fall Classic for the fourth time in seven years. But don’t count out the Amazin’ Mets! It’s baseball—anything can happen!
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