New York Mets
If the Mets lose Saturday night's game against Atlanta, they'll fall 10 games behind the Braves in the wild card race.
Mathematically, they'd still be alive after a loss. But logic would dictate otherwise.
So Terry Collins acknowledged the urgency of Saturday night's game when, after the Mets loss on Friday, he said, "I'll make sure guys are focused."
Collins also said he's not worried about his team's temperament in the wake of its five-game skid.
"This team will stay positive, you can be sure of that ... I will not let this team get down. They have worked too hard, they have played too hard for the first four months of this summer," Collins said. "We are not going to let them get down."
But a win Saturday doesn't heal all wounds. After all, the Mets would still be eight back of the Braves heading into Sunday's series finale, which pits Jair Jurrjens against Dillon Gee.
"We don't just have to beat the Braves. We've got to consistently start playing good baseball," said David Wright, who went 2-for-4 on Friday night. "It's not about beating the teams ahead of you right now, it's about going out there and trying to put together a run …. It doesn't seem like we can do that right now."
REYES IN A RUT: Jose Reyes was hitting .353 on July 24. Eleven games -- and just ten hits later -- Reyes is down to .336.
The Mets shortstop went 0-for-4 last night and is just 10-for-48 in his last 11 games.
"I need to make an adjustment," Reyes said.
HITTING A LOW NOTE: The Mets' last five-game losing streak was April 10-16…. The Mets have scored just nine runs in their current five-game skid. In the five games before that - - all wins - - they scored 36 … Daniel Murphy finished 1-for-3 and has at least one hit in 10 of his last 11 games, over which he's batting .452 … Wright has 14 RBI in 13 games since being activated from the DL. He is batting .400 since his July 22 return.