New York Mets Season on the Line vs Atlanta Braves Tonight

Chris MatcovichCorrespondent IAugust 2, 2010

PHOENIX - JULY 20:  Manager Jerry Manuel #53 of the New York Mets during the Major League Baseball game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on July 20, 2010 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets are 53-52 on the season and currently sit in third place, six and a half games behind the first place Atlanta Braves. 

That is what makes these next six games against the teams in front of them, the Braves and Phillies, so important.

These games are so crucial that the season and a realistic shot at making the playoffs is on the line starting tonight at Turner Field.

Reading people's opinions on blogs and twitter, and it seems that many Mets fans have given up hope on the season already. 

But let me point out the date May 21, when the Mets were 20-23 and it looked like the Mets were falling apart and their manager was once again on the hot seat. 

Well the Mets are in the same position right now, and I'm making a bold prediction that the Mets will step up again and keep their season alive.

I know it is hard to believe that the bats will get going again all of sudden, that the starting pitchers will step up under pressure, and that the team will play better on the road—but isn't that part of being a Mets fan, believing? 

It's been tough for Mets fans since 2006, and they really have not given their fans any reason to believe they can overcome adversity. 

But I remember where the Mets were on May 21, 2010, and I'm going to use that as a reason to believe that this team can stay in the playoff race over the next six games.