Originally posted on Metstradamus  |  Last updated 8/16/12

Hey, guys! We're only 17 games out in the division now! At this point in the season, I wouldn't normally watch the remainder of the games, but with my new love for blogging, I watch each game with a critical eye to provide the best analysis of each game.

Tonight, I am glad that I watched the game. The Mets defeated the Cincinnati Reds by a score of 8-4 to avoid being swept for the third time in the last 29 days. Matt Harvey was outstanding, throwing 7.2 innings, striking out 8, and allowing just one run on four hits. Frank Francisco tried his best to give up the lead in the ninth inning by allowing three runs, but to no avail. Jon Rauch came on and recorded the final out in the ninth to secure the Mets' 56th win of the season.

Harvey also drove in two runs with an RBI double. Ike Davis and Jason Bay added solo homeruns each to propel the Mets to victory. Ruben Tejada and Mike Baxter added RBIs.

At nine games back in the Wild Card, it is pretty safe to say that the season is over. The downfall began after the All Star Break, as it has in previous years, and the Mets got too far off track to get back on again this year.

You see, back in April, I made a bet with my Yankee-fan-friend. The bet was a simple one. If the Mets won MORE than 75 games, he would give me $25. If the Mets won 75 games or less, I would hand over the cash. I was pretty confident at that point that I would win the bet. We made other bets that I wasn't so confident about; he had a higher batting average than me on our high school's JV baseball team, costing me $25. I knew that I could easily make that up by scoring higher on our end-of-year exams.

Now, the Mets have me wondering if I will come out on top in our series of bets. In order for that to happen, New York will have to go 19-25 over the last 44 games.

It goes a lot deeper than just a bet, though. Every year, Mets fans are happy and excited in April. Everything seems to finally be in place and they play good baseball for a while. Then, things turn south. I'm not sure why, but it doesn't seem fair that the most loyal fans in baseball have to be subjected to this.

I know the Mets won tonight, and it was impressive, yes, but still... looking at the NL East standings makes me want to puke.

New York is back in action tomorrow at 7:05 PM in Washington, D.C. against the first-place Nationals.

For all of your latest Mets news, analysis, and reaction, follow Metstradamus (and me) on twitter.

GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Reggie Bush reportedly closing in on contract with Bills

Report: Eric Berry planning to no-show training camp

Eagles could have interest in Gordon if Browns trade him

Report: Fitzpatrick, Jets not likely to have deal before camp

Report: Anquan Boldin signs one-year deal with Detroit Lions

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Formula One CEO's mother-in-law kidnapped in Brazil

Gregory going to treatment after another drug violation

Mike McCarthy ends weight talk, declares Eddie Lacy ‘ready’

Report: Redskins have discussed possibly signing Hardy

Kimbo Slice’s son set to make MMA debut

Did Bell miss drug tests due to changed phone number?

A look at the trade market for center fielders

Bashaud Breeland brought puppies to Redskins camp

Tyler Johnson 'threw up a couple of times' over $50M deal

Should the Yankees hold a fire sale?

Five young soccer players to keep an eye on at Rio Olympics

Conor McGregor's coach predicts result of Nate Diaz rematch

Jordy Nelson starts camp on PUP list, no reason for panic?

Mark Dantonio denies MSU negatively recruits against PSU

Brett Favre selects wife Deanna as his Hall of Fame presenter

Durant shopped for OKC home week before joining Warriors?

Jarron, Jason Collins speak in support of LGBTQ rights at DNC

Von Miller has some wild thoughts about human evolution

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

QUIZ: Name every Olympic event in which the USA has never won a gold medal

Five U.S. Olympians favored to win multiple gold medals

WATCH: What teams should join the Big 12?

One Gotta Go: Do NBA players really love NBA2K?

One Gotta Go: NBA players hate Facebook too

One Gotta Go: NBA players settle the fast food beef

One Gotta Go: NBA players make tough choices on their favorite rappers

One Gotta Go: NBA Summer League is not about that Game of Thrones life

The top NHL free agents available as offseason winds down

WATCH: NBA jersey sponsors that need to happen

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker