Despite seeing their previous double-digit game lead in the NL East now down to just 2 1/2 games over the Atlanta Braves, it would take an epic collapse for the New York Mets not to make the playoffs in the fall, thanks to the expanded postseason format . With a 10-game lead in the AL West over the second-place, red-hot Seattle Mariners, the Houston Astros appear to even be more a sure thing to be playing meaningful baseball in October.

Still, according to Andy Martino of SNY, both the Astros and Mets may be seeking out a particular power bat to bolster their lineup in the coming days. The MLB trade deadline is Aug. 2.

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