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Third place up for grabs

The Mets can start yet another comeback in the NL East when they open a three game series against Florida at Citi Field. They no longer have the best home record (36-22) in the division, but it still beats playing on the road (26-40). Florida is just about the same home (31-31) and away (31-30).

The third-place Marlins hold a half-game lead over the Mets, so this is an opportunity for the Mets to at least move up one rung in the standings as August draws to a close.  

The pitching matchup is a good one. R.A. Dickey (8-5, 2.41) starts for the Mets against Josh Johnson (11-5, 2.27), one of the toughest pitchers in the league. 

For a salary of $600,000, Dickey has been the Mets most reliable starting pitcher and that includes Johan Santana. 

Division leading Atlanta is at Colorado and the second place Phillies host Houston.






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