In the aftermath of Monday's 9-4 loss to the Colorado Rockies, the Mets sunk another game back as the window for the second Wild Card spot slides closer shut.
Wins by the Chicago Cubs (82-68, 2.0 GB in NL Central, 1.0 GA for second Wild Card) and Milwaukee Brewers (81-69, 3.0 GB in NL Central, 1.0 GB for second Wild Card) put New York (77-73, 16.0 GB in NL East, 5.0 GB for second Wild Card) further away from postseason contention.
With 12 games left over the next two weeks, is the season slipping away from the Mets?
"We can't worry about what it feels like," said manager Mickey Callaway. "We have to take the same approach we've taken all season and focus on the next game, and we'll continue to do that. That's really all we can ever do."
Fueled by home runs from CF Brandon Nimmo and 3B Jeff McNeil, the Mets jumped out to a 3-1 lead.
SS Amed Rosario added an RBI single to tack on another run and give LHP Steven Matz a 4-1 cushion into the bottom of the fourth inning.
But a six-run frame -- five of which came with two outs, including a two-RBI single by opposing Antonio Senzatela (10-10, 6.83 ERA) derailed Matz (10-9, 4.16 ERA).
"We can't really think about (the season slipping) too much," Matz said. "We're just going to keep our focus. We've been in a hole in this season before and we've just got to go and play our best baseball, and let the rest -- the numbers and standings -- take care of themselves. We've just got to play our best. That's all."