Mets' Luis Rojas: 'We still have a chance and it’s real that we have a chance'

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Luis Rojas side angle close shot of his face
Luis Rojas side angle close shot of his face

After taking two out of three from the Yankees in the Subway Series, the Mets came into this three-game set against the St. Louis Cardinals with some positive momentum.

But none of that momentum transferred over, as the Mets dropped three straight crucial games, falling further behind the Cardinals and others in the Wild Card race.

Still, despite being 5.0 games back of the Cardinals for the second Wild Card Spot, Luis Rojas can see a path to the postseason.

“It’s tough to get swept and it’s tough to lose games against teams that you’re fighting for a spot. Like we said when we finished the series against the Yankees and these guys were rolling into the city, but we still have a chance and it’s real that we have a chance,” Rojas said. “I think we can take advantage of the day off tomorrow. It’s needed. We’ve had a lot of long games lately and I think it’s going to come in handy, guys getting rested and then come in to play the Phillies, which is another team that’s in the way.

“So, we’ve just got to keep moving forward, and I pray just that everyone gets that rest tomorrow and then we come in the next day with our best. We’ve just got to keep moving forward. There’s a real chance.”

Jeff McNeil was one of the bright spots for the Mets in Wednesday’s 11-4 loss, as he had three hits on the night and came up a home run shy of the cycle.

Like Rojas, McNeil lamented the Mets’ inability to bring some momentum into the St. Louis series, and he knows the Mets now have their backs against the wall.

“We played well this weekend, came in with some momentum, and just weren’t able to get the jump done against the Cardinals. They’re a good team and they just beat us this week.

“We’ve just got to go out there and play one day at a time, take care of the Phillies on Friday. It starts with that. So we’ve got to get hot, we’ve got to get real hot. Hopefully we can do that and some teams can help us out as well.

“We’re fighting for our lives now.”

The Mets and Phillies will get things started from Citi Field on Friday with first pitch on SNY set for 7:10 p.m.