In part 1 of this 2 part series, we took a look at the teams that are either well out of the race or needing to make a decision about whether to make a long shot run at a playoff spot.  This article will take a look at the 7 teams that are firmly in the "contender" category in the National League.

 
The Contenders
New York Mets (39-36)
If you had to have me pick one of these 7 teams most likely to fade from playoff contention, it would be the New York Mets.  Everything about the team seems like it is a smoke and mirrors illusion.  They have one star player (David Wright), a resurgent pitcher (Johan Santana), and a pitcher pitching well above his career norms (R.A. Dickey).  The rest of the team is stacked with players working above their heads.  Now if you substitute "Andrew McC...

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