Let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves, but the New York Mets really have a shot at making the playoffs. Who should Terry Collins carry as they attempt a second straight World Series run?
One month ago, New York Mets fans would be hysterically laughing at a projection for a playoff roster. On August 18, the Mets had a 60-60 record and were six games back of the Giants.
On that same date, FanGraphs gave the Mets a 9.3% chance to make the postseason. A little over a month later and those odds stand at 64.9%.
After a 20-10 run, the Mets are currently in a three-way tie with those Giants, and the Cardinals for the two Wild Card spots.
One would assume that a playoff roster must be easy to decide, as good teams must have good players. But, without deGrom, Harvey, Wheeler, Wright, Walker, and potentially Wilmer Flores and Steven Matz, Terry Collins’ job is very tough.
Collins has to decide which guys from the B and C team will make it onto his roster for the Wild Card game, and then a potentially longer run.
Once again, assuming the Mets don’t pull a 2008-esque collapse, every single guy on the 40-man will be playing to fill the plentiful open spots on this roster.