By Declan Finn
If the New York Mets were going to make a near-miracle run toward one of the wild card spots this season, they would need to win every series they played over the final stretch of the season. This past week, the Mets responded by losing a series finale game to the Cubs, splitting two with the A's and then losing two of three to the Dodgers. The end result was a 2-4 week and an eight-game deficit in the wild card chase.
With 31 games to go, time is running out on the Mets' longshot playoff chances. But before we look to the next series, which starts Tuesday against Atlanta, let's take a look at who is rising and who is falling from the week that was for the Mets.
Lucas Duda: The Mets may have had a losing week, but Duda did everything in his power to keep the team afloat. Duda, who is quietly having a very good season, went 8-for-23 (.348) this week with seven runs scored, five home runs and 11 RBI. He had two homers and five RBI in an 11-3 victory over the Dodgers Sunday. Duda has put together four straight games with an RBI. He's batting . 260 with 26 home runs and 76 RBI on the year.
Zack Wheeler: He's one of the hottest pitchers in baseball, with a 6-0 record over his last eight starts. He hasn't allowed more than three runs in a start since June 25, a span of 10 starts. To boot, Wheeler has allowed under three runs in nine of those starts. He beat the A's earlier this week to improve to 9-8 on the season.
Carlos Torres: He allowed just three hits in five shutout innings against the Cubs in a spot start, but got a no-decision in a game the Mets eventually lost. He then pitched twice against the Dodgers out of the bullpen and didn't allow a run in 1.1 total innings. Torres hasn't allowed a run in five straight appearances.
David Wright: The Mets best player was anything but this past week, going 3-for-23 (.130) with no extra base hits. On top of his struggles, Wright was removed from Sunday's game with a muscle spasm in his neck. He's batting just .266 for the season.
Wilmer Flores: The youngster is getting the chance to play everyday, which is the right move, but he's not producing at the plate. He went 3-for-18 (.167) with an RBI over the past six games.
Jacob deGrom: After winning five straight starts, deGrom has run into some tough times over his last two, losing one and taking a no-decision in another Mets loss. He allowed five runs in six innings in losing to the Dodgers Saturday.