The New York Mets are closing in on their first postseason berth since 2016.
They’re ahead of the red-hot Atlanta Braves by a half-game in the NL East standings.
Their magic number to clinch a postseason berth sits at eight.
But according to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets don’t plan to do a huge celebration for clinching a postseason berth.
Puma revealed on Twitter that he spoke to one of the team’s veterans recently, who said that if it was up to him, he would have the Mets only celebrate the NL East title if they were to ultimately hold off the Braves.
Mets have a magic number of 8 to clinch a postseason berth. Will be interesting to see how they react to a potential clinch. I spoke to one Mets veteran yesterday who said if it were up to him the team would only celebrate a NL East title.
— Mike Puma (@NYPost_Mets) September 13, 2022
Mets May Not Celebrate Playoff Berth
Of course, with the defending World Series champions as hot as they are, the Mets are going to have to win the division before they even think about celebrating.
The Braves are coming in hot, so the Mets would be best served focusing on trying to win some games if they want to hold them off in the NL East race.
Only then will they be able to celebrate.
The Mets can’t afford to get ahead of themselves right now.
There’s a lot to be confident about for the Mets, but holding off the Braves should be the number one priority.
It makes sense that they may rather wait to celebrate until the NL East title is won.
A postseason berth only guarantees a team a spot in the playoffs.
It does not determine where you finish.
With that being the reality, the Mets will most likely be focused on trying to capture their first division crown since 2015.
The Braves are hot though, so we’ll see who ends up celebrating at the end of the season.