Winners of the last five games, the New York Mets have suddenly catapulted themselves into playoff contention. Practically everyone (myself included) wrote them off and thought they were crazy when they acquired Marcus Stroman from Toronto and nearly traded Noah Syndergaard away. But Pete Alonso (40 homers, 97 RBIs, .967 OPS), Syndergaard (five earned runs in his five starts), and Jacob DeGrom (11.3 K/9, 1.05 WHIP, 2.61 ERA) have launched the Mets into contention.
It's not like the wild card competition has been on fire for the National League. Until recent hot streaks by the Cardinals, Cubs, and Nationals, the second wild card spot was occupied by teams that were five games over .500. This makes the Mets' recent run a little less farfetched. However, New York wasn't expected to do much considering Syndergaard's early struggles along with a milquetoast bullpen that has blown leads and underachieved. Yet, here they are, fighting for a wild card spot.
Taking advantage of an easy second half schedule consisting of the likes of Miami, Pittsburgh, and the Chicago White Sox, it's less surprising to see the Mets in this spot. However, they have to contend with a tough remaining schedule featuring the likes of Washington, Atlanta, the Los Angeles Dodgers, and the Chicago Cubs. Can the Miracle Mets do it? Miracles were born to be made.
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