Cliche alert as Mets return home for final push

The Mets remain hot, and are one of the last teams standing in a thinning Wild Card field.

By Paul West

It ain’t over til it’s over.

Why not us?

One game at a time.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

Ya gotta believe.

These and other cliches will apply at Citi Field tonight, as the Mets try to finish their Cinderella climb from beneath the rubble of a woeful June swoon. All hope is far from lost; the Mets have the ingredients of a playoff threat: power hitting, speed, playoff experience, youthful exuberance, and elite starting pitching. Moreover, one of the teams they’re chasing–the Washington Nationals–ends their season hosting a Cleveland team whose postseason will likely be on the line, while the Mets host a young Atlanta team that clinched the division last week. Their first order of business these first few days is a Miami Marlins team that has spent recent weeks playing for pride and presenting playoffs contenders with headaches; they’re expected to win, but would be ill advised to get caught looking ahead.

They do, as the saying goes, have their work cut out for them; they can only afford one loss at most between now and Sunday, and they would need one of the teams above them to lose most of their remaining games. But baseball history is full of epic late-season comebacks, the sort of which the Mets themselves have been on both ends; the next one will happen sooner or later. This dangerous, emboldened Mets team honestly believes it can pull it off, and they’re absolutely right.

One game at a time.

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