Three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers at home and three losses are what the New York Mets get. This dreaded 13-game stretch has started off like finding a fly in your soup. I don’t even want to know what we find at the center of the cake when we eat our dessert.
In Norse mythology, Ragnarok is a series of events leading up to the end of the world. You’re likely familiar with this because you have seen a Marvel movie or two.
Every season since 1986, the Mets have gone through it at some point. Sometimes we have thought they might be able to fend off the End of Days. Unfortunately, it always arrives. Now just a single game over .500 and 2.5 games behind the Atlanta Braves as they fly to San Francisco to take on the Giants, it’s feeling like Ragnarok might appear yet again in 2021.
The Mets need to live through these 13 games with some success
I set the bar low for the Mets in these battles against the Dodgers and Giants. If they finished 6-7, I would throw a parade.
The good news for them is that after all of the damage those to NL West clubs may do against them that there is a light. Following the Giants at home for three, the Mets host the Washington Nationals for three and then the Miami Marlins for four. Immediately after, they play five on the road in D.C. and another three in Miami.
Those are the games to make up for all of the bruising going on against the Dodgers and Giants. Those 15 games versus the basement-dwellers of the NL East are even bigger “must-wins” because of how favorited the Mets should be each time they take the field against them.
It’s especially important because after that road trip they play the New York Yankees, St. Louis Cardinals, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox, and Milwaukee Brewers all in a row. Much tougher competition, those teams are at least beatable.
And hey, if Ragnarok really is on its way, maybe the Mets can fight it off a little longer with the possibly September return of Noah Syndergaard. It’s only fitting that the man we came to know as Thor would arrive to save us from the theoretical end of the world—or at least the baseball season.
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A month and a half left to go in this season and we can see a path for the Mets. As much damage as the current storm may do, they have 15 games right after to rebuild. First, let’s see if they can throw a couple of punches at the teams who have proven themselves worthy of the playoffs.