The Mets are closing in on the second wild-card spot in the National League and now trail the Cardinals by just 1.5 games. The Mets have taken the first three from the Miami Marlins in this crucial series and are red-hot, having won nine of their last 11 games.

Can the Mets get over the hump and make the playoffs? Who is the most important player for the group down the stretch? How about Terry Collins, how has he performed as the manager and is the grief he gets justified?

To answer all of that and more we brought in Jeff Paternostro, one of the best bloggers in baseball. He specializes in the Mets and now works for Baseball Prospectus.