Sandy Alderson: 90 wins wasn't goal

NEW YORK -- With their next loss, the Mets will be mathematically eliminated from achieving 90 wins -- a target Sandy Alderson shared internally with team personnel during spring training.

The GM's reaction?

“It wasn’t a goal," Alderson said pregame Friday. "I don’t know how many times I have to reinterpret that for everybody. It wasn’t a goal. It wasn’t an expectation. It was a reminder to all of us, including myself, that we need to think about that level of performance, that level of success, that level of excellence. So the statement is no less relevant today than it was then.”

The Mets enter their series opener against the Phillies at 62-72, a half-game ahead of Philadelphia for fourth place in the NL East.