The New York Mets are the only team in the MLB to start the 2017 season playing the entire month of April against only their own division.
In what’s sure to be interesting, and a little bit nerve-racking, the New York Mets will play their first 32 games of the season against the NL East opponents. The Amazin’s will be looking to get hot early on as this many games against division foes will set up the standings quite nicely if they can win the bulk of them.
Last season, New York went 40-36 against their division, not bad, but also not great. In 2015, Mets had seven more wins en route to the NL East title, so they’re probably hoping to get back to those winning ways instead what they did last year.
So how will the Mets do against the NL East this year? Let’s start by taking a look at one of the more hated teams around, the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets have done well against the Philadelphia Phillies over the past few seasons. Last year, they went 12-7 against them, and over the last four seasons, the Mets have won more games against the Phillies than any other division rival.
Philadelphia’s pitching staff wasn’t great last year, and they’re not expected to get much better this season. In 2016, Philly finished with the fifth highest ERA (4.63) in all of baseball. One of their few bright spots, Jeremy Hellickson, led the team in wins (12) in his first year with the club while having the team’s second lowest starter’s ERA at 3.71. They were able to bring him back for this season as he agreed to the qualifying offer.