Well the Mets have bought a reprieve of at least 24 hours. Perhaps I was a bit trigger happy this morning as the past 8 hours have been the best a Mets fan can remember since beating the Dodgers last year.
The Mets with a no-hitter through 7 2/3rds from John Maine romped on the Marlins. Not only that, but the Padres blew a lead with the best closer of all time on the hill in the 9th inning to lose in extras. AND even better, the Phillies lose to the surging Washington Nationals. Manny Acta for president!
So the Mets are back in a dead heat with the Phillies and 1 game back of the Padres for the wild card. So here are the scenarios that are possible:
- Padres win and clinch the wild card, the Mets and Phillies tie for the division forcing a 1 game playoff. The play would be played on Monday in Philadelphia because they won the coin toss.
- If the Mets Phillies and Rockies all win out and the Padres lose out there would be a 4 team scramble for the WC and the East. The Phillies and Mets would play Monday to determine the NL EAST. The loser would then move onto a 3 team wild card tournament between the Rockies and Padres.
- According to ESPN.com the 3 team WC tourney would force one team to either play 1 away game or 2 home games.