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"New York Mets (26-31, 11th in NL). No, really. With last night’s rainout and the way the results fell, the Mets are alive, playing .456 baseball, for a playoff spot with two days left in the season. They have to win their final three games over the Nationals. They need the Phillies to lose their final two games. (This is critical, as the Mets lose all ties to the Phillies.) They need the Giants to lose their final two games. They need the Brewers to lose at least once. This would create a two-way or a three-way tie at 29-31 that the Mets would win on intradivisional record."