The New York Mets have found themselves in an unfortunate position, having once led the defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves by 10.5 games in the National League East, only to fall into a tie with a month left in the season.
The Braves have been red-hot since June, while the Mets have hit a bit of a snag.
New York has played well for the vast majority of the season, but have lost three straight games, two to the Washington Nationals and one to the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Each of those losses have been by six or more runs, which makes the Mets the first team in baseball history to have lost three straight games by six or more runs to teams that have 30 or fewer wins than them.
The Mets are the first team in MLB history to have 3 straight games where they lost by 6+ runs to a team with 30+ fewer wins than them.
— Stats By STATS (@StatsBySTATS) September 7, 2022
Mets Make Ugly History
That’s some unfortunate history to be made right there.
The Mets are so obviously better than both of the teams that have taken it right to them the past couple of days.
But baseball is almost never that simple.
Aside from it just being the ebbs and flows of the baseball season, it’s an unfortunate bit of history for the Mets.
This is the time where you want to beat up on the weaker teams.
What makes matters worse is that the Mets have a far easier schedule than the Braves do the rest of the way, yet they have been unable to take care of business against some of the teams that are already out of the race.
Meanwhile, the Braves have been on fire, and have caught the Mets, with a chance to pass them tonight.
The Mets will need to regroup quickly if they want to remain at the top of the NL East.