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Smallthoughts: Rave of the Week …New York Mets

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9-0 loss back in August against the Arizona Diamondbacks seemed to be the turning point for a team that was heading south fast. Terry Collins was feeling feisty more feisty than usual and his post game rant showed a manager who was at the end of his rope with his team, he wasn’t hearing injuries as an excuse for his team’s performance or lack thereof “I don’t care who is not here, there are no excuses,” was his response. Since his rant the New York Mets have since gone 17-9, scored the third-most runs in baseball, picked up seven games in the standings and have moved into a virtual tie for the second Wild Card spot. Actually they are game ahead of the Cardinals for the second wildcard spot. Just a few weeks ago that seemed highly unlikely when  injuries to  Matt Harvey, Zack Wheeler, David Wright, Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares and Neil Walker all likely out for the season, with Steven Matz and Jacob deGrom on the shelf, and playing dozens of games without Cespedes, Cabrera and Reyes, and being forced to add three rookies to the starting rotation all seemed destined to wreck the Mets season, yet here they are right in the thick of the wildcard chase…I am not crazy about his in game decisions or his crazy lineups or who he plays and why but give him credit …he has kept this team together and they play hard for him. So heading in to the final stretch of the season…they begin a three-game series with the Braves in Atlanta. 20 of their last 23 games will be against teams with a losing record and they have nine games left with teams at least 30 games under .500. They have the easiest schedule of the teams fighting for a playoff spot can they finish what they started?

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