New York Mets

New York Mets

New York Mets

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 27: Carlos Carrasco #59 of the New York Mets reacts after pitching during the first inning against the Miami Marlins at Citi Field on September 27, 2022 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)

The Mets fell to the Miami Marlins last night 6-4, while the Atlanta Braves dismantled the Washington Nationals 8-2, putting both teams in an essential tie atop the NL East Standings at 97-58. The Mets still hold a tie-breaker advantage over Atlanta, but now things are getting dicey.

With seven games to go there is increasingly little room for error for the Amazin’s, who will head to Atlanta over the weekend for three crucial games that will determine a division champion. Before falling to the Marlins on Tuesday, the Mets could go to Atlanta and win potentially one game to win the division. Now they might have no choice but to win two of three against the defending World Series champions.

Mets first baseman Pete Alonso who cracked his 40th homer of the year, and drove in RBI’s 129, 130 and 131 tried to put a positive spin on the situation. “This is fun — this is really, really fun, being in a race like this. Tomorrow’s another chance for us to be great and we just want to continue to play the great baseball we’ve been playing all year.”

For Mets fans it isn’t too much fun. Not when memories of division title collapses in 2007 and 2008 are always fresh in the mind. Granted while the Mets are in the playoffs this year, New York once led Atlanta by 10 games, and has watched over the past several months the Braves chip away at the lead. Atlanta even led in first place for a couple days two weeks ago. The Mets appeared to be back in the drivers seat after series wins in Milwaukee and Oakland, but now it’s back to square one, and winner-take-all-scenario looming.

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