Take a look at the following:
Mets are 1.5 games up on the Braves, with the Braves having a game in hand--as indicated above. The Braves have 9 games left as of the start of the day today and the Mets have 8. That game in hand the Braves have is today in Washington against the Nats.
Basically, if the Mets win 6 of their last 8, and one of those 6 wins is against the Braves, then they're guaranteed to win the division. Moze1021 had a good post about this on yesterday's game thread. There are a whole other bunch of combinations and permutations, but the best is to just continue to take care of business at home tomorrow and Wednesday. The Mets will miss Alcantara this series, so they dodged a bullet there. Here's how the Mets' rotation will probably look for the last 8 games of the regular season:
9/26 - OFF DAY
9/27 - vs. Marlins - Carrasco (going on 7 days rest)
9/28 - vs. Marlins - Walker (going on 7 days rest)
9/29 - OFF DAY
9/30 - @ Braves - Bassitt (going on 7 days rest)
10/1 - @ Braves - deGrom (going on 7 days rest)
10/2 - @ Braves - Scherzer (going on 7 days rest)
10/3 - vs. Nats - Carrasco (going on 6 days rest)
10/4 - vs. Nats - Walker (going on 6 days rest)
10/5 - vs. Nats - Bassitt (going on 5 days rest)
The last game of the regular season against might not be Bassitt's if the division has been decided by then of course, since he's one of the Big 3 going into the playoffs. That start could go to Williams or Peterson if it's a meaningless game, one way or the other. Let's see what happens.
Don Mattingly already said that Alcantara will pitch the last game of the season in Miami against the Braves, which will be his last game as manager of the Marlins. So there won't be "integrity of the game" issues if it comes down to October 5th to determine the division for both the Mets and Braves against the Nats and Marlins respectively.
The Mets' goal should be to enter the Braves series in Atlanta in four days with full control of their own destiny w/regards to winning the vision in their hands and to exit that series still being in control of their destiny in that respect. They'll need to win a game there in order to have the tie-breaker with respect to head-to-head wins between the two teams. The Mets are ahead 9-7, as depicted above.
If anyone's got any news, or if we wanna chit chat, we can just consolidate it all on this thread here. Naturally, as Giants fans, we'll be focused on the Cowflops & Giants later on MNF, so this thread will probably die out around then, but we can chime in here and there and talk about the Nats and Braves game before the Giants game starts, and maybe even after it ends. Anywho, enjoy the day and take care and LGM :-)