The Mets salvaged the final game of the series instead of getting the sweep. Both games were in their grasp until the bullpen snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. So instead of standing at .500 and a record of 26-26 heading into the Pirates series, they're 4 games under at 24-28 and 6.5 out of the wildcard.
Treading water and splitting the 4 games with Pittsburgh isn't going to cut it. They'll need to take at least 3 of 4 and get them back to two games under to give them a shot of getting within one game of that elusive mediocre mark if they can take the weekend series against Atlanta. After that, they'll be hitting the road for a 10 game road trip. Lose three out of four to the Pirates, they'll be 25-31 and they'll need to sweep Atlanta just to get back to three under before heading on the road. I seriously doubt they'll sweep a four game series, so we can forget about having any chance of seeing .500 by the end of the homestand.
The season ends now. Beltran to San Francisco?