New York Post columnist Kevin Kernan wrote a column for yesterday’s edition entitled “It’s Not Over Yet, But NL East Race is Over”. Kernan’s contention isn’t so much that the Mets have a big enough lead. after all, it’s still August and 6 game leads are still erasable. Instead he thinks that the Phillies and Braves are just not up to the task of taking down the Mets.
I have to disagree with Kernan’s contention that the race is already over. As you can tell by looking at the top of the page the Mets magic number is at 28. That is way too big to call a race over. Though the Phillies are hurting and the Braves seem to lack the something extra that made them so great for so many years the Mets still have plenty of games left against each of them. The Mets open a 4 game set in Philadelphia tonight and then go to Atlanta for 3 games. After 3 games in Cincinnati they then come home to play 3 each against Houston, Atlanta and Philadelphia. It is during that home stand that we will know if the race is over or not.