Wild Card Fantasy

The 2011 World Champion Cardinals were ten games out of the Wild Card this time last year. The Mets and Phillies are both currently ten games behind in the Wild Card standings. (Ironically, the Cardinals are one of the two teams at the top.)

Just for kicks, I’d like to add that on August 30, 1973, the Mets were in last place in the NL East, 6.5 games out with a 61-71 record. (The Phillies were a half-game better, in fifth place.)

Do you believe? If so, why or why not? Vote below and answer in the comments.

Do you still believe the Mets can grab a Wild Card spot?

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  1. Mike B August 30, 2012 at 8:17 am
    I dont know about the playoffs but I would love to see them win 3 out of the next 4. There is a lot of talk of 3rd place not meaning anything “just getting this team ready for the future” I disagree, obvoisly you dont want to burn out a young arm for 3rd place but it should be a goal. You are what your record says you are and the after the last 6 years it should be a team goal to make sure the Marlins are beneath them in the standings.
  2. MikeT August 30, 2012 at 9:40 am
    Ya gotta believe!

    Mostly because I’m a massive troll.

    Either way, love the Mets.

  3. Mike August 30, 2012 at 10:03 am
    Stranger things have happened. If you told me the ’07 Mets would miss the playoffs, I would have laughed at you.
  4. Joe August 30, 2012 at 10:54 am
    6.5 games was a “miracle.” Ten games, something more.

    The Cards and TB showed themselves repeatedly able to have hot streaks and streak to the top & both needed the help of major collapses. Since the Cards is one of the teams that would have to collapse, that hurts the Mets.

    I really just want them not to phone the last month in. That will take away some of the bad taste of how quickly they plummeted. Didn’t expect playoffs this year anyway. A better than expected first half, the bound to happen collapse (a bit worse than expected) and a respectable finish (if it hurts the Cards and/or Braves somehow, more power too them!) will do.