The New York Mets are tops in the National League East division with a 43-37 record.
They are fresh off winning the Subway Series against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium.
While they have had to endure endless injury issues, they have managed to stay competitive all year long and their outlook will improve once they get fully healthy.
One would think that they may have already locked up the NL East crown.
However, that’s far from the case.
Three Teams Are Pursuing The Mets
The Mets can’t consider the NL East division race as over, as it would be harmful and irresponsible.
The Atlanta Braves are 3.5 games behind the Mets, the Washington Nationals are four games back, and the Phillies are fourth at 4.5 games behind.
The winner of the NL East division will likely be among those four teams, as the Marlins are currently in last place with a 35-47 record and nine games behind the Mets.
But they all have a chance, since they are so close with three months remaining.
There Is Still Half A Season To Go
There are a little under three months of baseball to be played in the regular season.
That’s enough time for any of the five teams in the division to accumulate wins on a streak, even the Marlins (although it’s unlikely).
The Mets were once five games up in the division, but a hot streak by the Nationals, being carried by the white-hot Kyle Schwarber, made things interesting.
The Phillies have a lot of talent on the roster, led by Bryce Harper, Zack Wheeler, and Aaron Nola, and if they manage to improve their bullpen and bring in a center fielder, they could theoretically overtake the Mets.
The Braves need to fill the void Marcell Ozuna left in their lineup, but once their rotation gets healthier, they will be a menace.
There are no sure things for the Mets, and they need to keep winning.
The Mets Need Health And Some Reinforcements
To keep winning, though, the Mets need to get healthier.
Crucial offensive contributors, like Pete Alonso, are getting hot.
Alonso is slashing .311/.392/.600 with eight RBI over his last 13 games.
— Anthony DiComo (@AnthonyDiComo) July 5, 2021
Now, they need to get their injured stars back as soon as possible in their rotation.
Joey Lucchesi was having a great season but was recently lost to Tommy John surgery.
They do, however, have two excellent starters on the shelf currently rehabbing from long injuries.
Chances are the Mets, seeing how they can’t give up more ground in the division race, strike a deal to bring a starter before the deadline.
After that, there are more questions than answers.
Carrasco is closer than Syndergaard, but neither will return in the next two weeks.
The Mets may need to go to the trade market to bring a starter that helps them keep their division lead.
The Mets need to trade for a starter yesterday
— Lets Go Mets Blog (@LetsGoMetsBlog1) June 30, 2021
All things considered, the Mets still have work to do before calling the division race finalized.