This is pretty depressing.
Jayson Stark takes a look at the Mets bullpen, and crunches the numbers if the official MLB game was six, or eight innings.
Here's what he found: If the game was only six innings long, the Mets would have an 11 1/2 game lead over the Phillies, with a record of 84-52 to 71-62.
Even if the game was eight innings, the Mets would be up by 6 1/2 games, 83-59 to 75-64.
Could you imagine? All that heartbreak, defeat, and antacids would never have come to pass.
Too bad, it's nine innings and the Mets are 1 1/2 back in the East, but 1 1/2 up in the Wild Card. Just win, Mets. I'll say it time and again, but all they need to do is win and make this all go away.