Everytime I pick up a paper, read a blog or watch SNY, everyone is always saying how fortunate the Mets are still holding a 2 game lead in the NL East. Guess what? They are! Better to stink and be in first place than to stink and be the Phillies!
Read Murray Chase's article in the NY Times on why a weak National League has greatly benefitted this struggling Mets team.
Some amazing stats to ponder:
They reached the start of the midseason break yesterday after staggering to a 15-22 record in the previous 40 days. Yet they were in the same position in the N.L. East standings — first place — as they were when their problems began.
Their lead actually shrank, from five games to two, but in a normal league, they would have been long gone from first place. Yet while the Mets were playing at a .405 pace (that computes to a 66-96 season record), their chief competition, the Atlanta Braves and the Philadelphia Phillies, could not compile winning records.