For the first time in three months, the New York Mets don’t lead the National League East.

The Mets’ recent decline has coincided with hot streaks from the (now) first-place Philadelphia Phillies and second-place Atlanta Braves, who both made significant improvements at the deadline to make a run in the division.

The Phillies swept the Mets over the weekend in Philadelphia to capture first place, holding the visitors to five runs and 13 hits in the three-game set. Offense has been the main problem for the Mets, with the team batting .179 while going 1-7 to start the month of August.

With a brutal August schedule featuring 13 games in a row against the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, the Mets’ season is in danger of slipping away.


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