History dictates that whoever is leading on July 4th will make the playoffs. That’s a good omen for the Mets, who lead in the wild-card chase. By the end of the month, if there are trades, then the Mets will be buyers.
Their top priority is the bullpen as they have enough offense, despite limited power, to get the job done.
Let’s look at the other playoff contenders.
Washington has the best record in the National League and with its pitching could sustain it into the playoffs. The question here is what will happen if, and when, they shut down Stephen Strasburg.
Atlanta could make a run, but the Marlins and Phillies have too many issues.
In the Central, it would be nice to see Pittsburgh hold on, but the Reds, Cardinals and Brewers are still close. This division should be a scramble until the end.
In the West, it is the Dodgers and Giants, with Arizona 5.5 games out.
Things seem more definitive in the American League. I expect the current leaders to hold on, with Tampa Bay, Detroit and the Angels the prime wild card contenders.