- Last Updated: 4:44 AM, September 14, 2012
- Posted: 1:03 AM, September 14, 2012
As the fat lady clears her throat to sing a chorus of “Meet the Mets,” there is at least some wonderment of what might still be possible for the team had these last two weeks not gone so terribly wrong.
The Brewers, whom the Mets will face for three games beginning tonight at Miller Park, are Exhibit A, having thrust themselves back into wild-card contention after their season appeared finished earlier this month.
“I think it’s a good lesson,” R.A. Dickey said. “It’s a lesson that, especially with the advent of the two wild cards, it takes a lot for you to be out of it.
“They’ve played better, and if we played better, we would have a shot.”
After sweeping the Marlins three games just before Labor Day, the Mets were 64-70 and tied with the Phillies for third place in the NL East. Since then the Mets have lost eight of nine games and watched the Phillies and Brewers join the wild-card mix.
Both were three games behind the Cardinals for the second wild-card spot as last night’s play began. The Mets were 10 games behind.
With Ryan Braun carrying the load, the Brewers have gone 10-3 since Aug. 31 to surge into contention.
”We certainly were planning on ourselves being in position,” manager Terry Collins said. “It could have easily been us, so it just tells you that one of the things you’re going to be able to talk about to your club is it doesn’t matter where you are, there’s always going to be that chance the last month could mean something and get you right back in that race.”
Atrocious offensive production has doomed the Mets, even as the starting rotation and — surprisingly — the bullpen have thrived.
In losing six straight games to the Braves and Nationals on their last homestand, the Mets set a franchise record for home futility. They have now gone 13 straight games at Citi Field without scoring more than three runs.
David Wright, after a torrid first half, has just three RBIs in September. Jason Bay, Andres Torres, Mike Baxter and Ike Davis have been non-entities recently and Lucas Duda hasn’t brought any desperately needed power to the equation.
”We’re not hitting right now, that’s the bottom line,” Josh Thole said. “We’ve been pitching very well, especially in the second half as a whole, but we just haven’t been able to push runs across like we did in the first half.”
Wright said he isn’t surprised the Phillies have rebounded, given that Roy Halladay, Cliff Lee and Cole Hamels can carry a team. Wright said too much probably conspired against the Mets to make a Phillies-like surge possible.
”With Johan [Santana] going down and just the inconsistencies of the offense, it’s tough to go on one of those extended hot streaks,” Wright said.
But Wright said there is incentive for the Mets to win games over this final stretch.
”As a team, I think it’s important,” he said. “You look at the Orioles, they were able to finish strong last year and it seems like it carried over into this year. Both individually and as a team there’s a lot of reasons we should take these last few weeks seriously.”
Dickey wins Branch Rickey Award
Dickey yesterday was named winner of the 2012 Branch Rickey Award, for his work distributing baseball equipment and medical supplies in Central and South America.
The Mets knuckleballer is co-founder of a charity that distributes baseball equipment and medical supplies around the world. The Branch Rickey Award recognizes individuals in baseball who contribute to their communities or serve as role models to children.
Dickey climbed Mount Kilimanjaro last offseason, raising money for an organization that rescues women from forced prostitution in India.Follow @NYPostsports