July 17, 2012 12:00 AM
" Nine is a pretty significant number in baseball.
There are nine innings and nine men in the field during every game, so perhaps it is fitting that the Mets' season could well come down to a nine game stretch. The stretch starts Tuesday night in Washington, continues with a weekend set against the Dodgers and then wraps up with three more against the Nationals.
Should the Mets continue to stumble the way they did in Atlanta, there won't be too much reason to pay attention to the 64 games left on the schedule. Even treading water might not be enough for the Mets to remain in contention.
The math is pretty clear at this point. The Mets, six games behind the Nats and three games out of the Wild Card, won't have good odds of winning a berth in the playoffs if they don't start making up that ground now.
Part of the reason for that is that the Mets are going to need reinforcements to go the distance. We're not talking about Jason Bay "
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