The New York Mets picked up a very important win last night when Rajai Davis stroked a bases clearing double in the eighth to beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0. That win not only helped the Mets avoid a losing streak at the most important time of year, but it helped them keep pace with the Chicago Cubs and Washington Nationals in the Wild Card standings. The Mets are now almost through their gauntlet of contenders, but it is absolutely essential they get out of this series with the Dodgers with a win tonight.

As play begins today, the Mets trail the Cubs by three games in the standings, and they play the Dodgers on national television tonight. The Cubs wrap up a series with the hapless Pittsburgh Pirates, who they have outscored 31-9 over the past two days, this afternoon. By the time the Mets take the field tonight, they likely will know that the Cubs swept the Pirates, meaning they need a win to keep pace with Chicago in the standings.