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"The Mets haven’t played a good team since June 17, and they won’t see one until Friday, when the Nationals come to town in one of the biggest series remaining in the season. As fun as it's been picking on the White Sox and Pirates and Marlins, it’s this weekend, and the three weeks that follow, that will give us a sense of whether the Mets, who now have five above-average starting pitchers, can beat out the Nats, Cardinals, and Phillies for a wild-card slot. As soft as the schedule has been, that’s how tough it becomes: But for three games in Kansas City, the Mets play nothing but good teams from Friday until September 15."