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NY Mets News: Brutal stretch has been more heartbreaking than painful

Aug 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) gets a pat on the back from first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after being taken out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning after pitching no hit ball for six innings at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 14, 2021; New York City, New York, USA; New York Mets starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (99) gets a pat on the back from first baseman Pete Alonso (20) after being taken out of the game against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the seventh inning after pitching no hit ball for six innings at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Andy Marlin-USA TODAY Sports
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Two games into the 13-game stretch for the New York Mets which has them facing the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants exclusively and the results are zero wins and two losses.

Nobody is surprised. The Dodgers came into Citi Field off of a series in Philadelphia where they took two out of three from the Phillies.

What may have surprised some Mets fans is how valiant the team has performed thus far. On Friday, a late comeback attempt helped send things into extra innings only for Jeurys Familia to cough it up. In Saturday’s affair, Taijuan Walker had a no-hitter going only to see that disappear and the team eventually lose in extra innings yet again.

The Mets schedule doesn’t get any easier from here

Fans feel a little bruised, but not in the kind of way I think we may have anticipated. The Dodgers give everyone trouble and for the Mets to go toe-to-toe with them for ten innings in back-to-back games does show some tenacity.

However, this also does leave some bigger scars on our hearts.

The brutal Mets schedule won’t get any easier from here. As Noah Syndergaard expressed in more colorful words, changing Sunday’s match to a night game was a ridiculous decision to make as it means the Mets will need to wrap things up late only to then travel to San Francisco the following day. It’s doable but not the best course of action.

As I sit here hours away from the start of Sunday’s finale versus the Dodgers, there’s this feeling that even if the Mets are able to fight them off and avoid the sweep they are essentially still going to lose on Monday against the Giants. There’s no guarantee of it. But as anyone who has flown across the country can tell you, you’re not quite yourself immediately after.

Making fists with your toes only works in Die Hard. Normal, real people could use a few hours to compose themselves.

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I do like that we’ve seen the Mets at least hold strong against the Dodgers in two different ways. Even if the offense has sputtered, they did knock around LA on Friday night with one big inning. They saw a weakness and threw some sand in it. This was followed up by the return of their very own Jedi, Walker. If Taijuan Walker can pitch anything like this over the next month and a half, the Mets rotation is in great shape.

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