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NY Mets June schedule includes some tomato cans but also some elite teams

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 25: Tomas Nido #3 and Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets celebrate the win over the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on May 25, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - MAY 25: Tomas Nido #3 and Edwin Diaz #39 of the New York Mets celebrate the win over the Colorado Rockies at Citi Field on May 25, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.The New York Mets defeated the Colorado Rockies 3-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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The New York Mets schedule has been pretty kind to them—partially a result of a National League void of many super teams.

We all know the mess the National League East is with all five squads playing quite even around .500 baseball. In the National League Central, the usual candidates—the Chicago Cubs,

St. Louis Cardinals, and maybe Milwaukee Brewers—are all contenders. Way over in the National League West, the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres, and surprisingly good San Francisco Giants are all racing for the division title.

This leaves us with a lot of tomato cans on the schedule for the Mets, including the four teams in their division. Although we can assume one or two of the Mets’ division rivals may heat up quickly, none have been able to win on a consistent basis just yet.

The June schedule has the Mets playing all kinds of teams this month

The Arizona Diamondbacks and Baltimore Orioles are both on the early schedule for the month of June. Between those two bottom-feeder teams, they do travel to San Diego for three games against the dangerous Padres.

The Mets actually have six games versus San Diego this month with back-to-back weekend series versus one the upper echelon clubs in MLB. After the series at home, they host the Cubs for four straight.

This is definitely a tough homestand to look out for. The seven games at Citi Field will tell us a lot about the Mets. The timing is interesting as well. Taking place mid-month, how many of the regulars will be back to help out?

After wrapping up with the Cubs, the rest of June includes only NL East opponents. By then, maybe we’ll have a better clue as to who is the true leader of the pack.

June has been a famously rough month for the Mets. In 2018, they went just 5-21. They were slightly better in 2019 at 10-18.

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This year’s June has the potential to be better. If this squad managed to perform as well as they did in May with the Triple-A lineup they routinely put on the field, this June schedule should be a walk in the park.

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