So what if the Indians traded left-handed pitcher Cliff Lee and outfielder Ben Francisco to the Phillies for pitching prospects Jason Knapp and Carlos Carrasco, as well as shortstop Jason Donald and catcher Lou Marson?
Those trades won’t affect how the Mets have to play in the here and now. They don’t even face the Phillies again for a month. What’s important for the Mets right now is to keep winning. They shouldn’t be focused on winning the division. They need to focus on winning the Wild Card, and they’re closer to accomplishing that goal. The Mets are now 5 1/5 games behind the leader, the Rockies. With Johan Santana on the mound tonight, they could pull within 4 1/2.
Forget the Phillies. Let them trade until the cows come home. The Mets are 10 1/2 games out of first place, and the Phils can’t seem to stop winning anyway. The Marlins and Braves, two of the six teams ahead of them in the Wild Card race, are within reach, however. The Mets need to continue pitching well, play good defense and keep the hitting hot. That’s the formula for success and run into the post-season. And if the Phillies have a meltdown in the meantime, all the better.