This has not been a good roadtrip for the Mets, who have lost three of four so far to Florida and Washington, teams they should be feasting on.
The Mets have played well at home this year, but have been lackluster on the road, and so far have gone 8-14 against the Marlins and Nationals. After losing last night, they are 3-6 against Washington.
If they are going to stay in contention, they must beat up on those teams.
“We all think that every game is important, just because Atlanta is playing so well,’’ tonight’s starter, Jonathan Niese said. “Even for the Wild Card, we need to win every game we can.’’
The Mets will try to do it tonight without Jose Reyes, who is still experiencing tightness and pain in his oblique and didn’t even swing a bat today and isn’t expected to play until Sunday at the earliest, but most likely not until the home stand.
“It is difficult,’’ Reyes said. “I don’t want to miss any games. But it is what it is. I have to take care of this because I know what happened to me last year trying to be in the lineup.’’