The Mets closed out a rotten series with the Phillies Thursday afternoon by being swept. Meantime the Dodgers were busy splitting their four-game set with the Giants, leaving the teams tied in the quest for home field advantage in the NLDS. Except they are not really tied — the Mets are a game ahead.
The Mets won the season series from the Dodgers 4-3, which means if the teams end the season tied, the Mets get the home field. So really, they have a one game lead.
This is huge because the Dodgers have one of the best home records in baseball — 52-26. The Mets are not far behind at 48-30. The Mets are a game over .500 on the road and the Dodgers are seven games below .500. So keeping the Dodgers on the road and away from sunny Los Angeles is a recipe for success for the Mets.
The Mets close the season with three games at home against the Nationals. The Dodgers are also home, against the Padres. Two disappointing teams looking to play spoiler.
Because they hold the tie-breaker, if they win two out of three, the Dodgers would have to sweep.
So things are looking pretty good for the Mets to win home field advantage. They just can’t play like they did in Philadelphia.