After 13 straight games against the two best teams in the National League West, the New York Mets catch a break for the next 15. It’s kind of amazing that across 28 straight games the Mets will face only four different teams over the course of what is nearly a single month.
These 15 games could be the final chance for the Mets to pull off a miracle. They’ll need a little help in the form of losses for other teams. Otherwise, they’re going to be left feeling a little bloated.
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The Mets schedule gets easier, then harder again
It’s time to get swole in the win column. The Miami Marlins and Washington Nationals are the only teams the Mets will face until September 10th. The Marlins threw in the towel before the season began. The Nationals asked them to hold their beer and threw theirs even further following a trade deadline selloff that obliterated the roster.
These games are no waltz. Divisional opponents often play teams tougher. And while the Marlins and Nationals are playing for nothing more than pride, I think we all realize this has the potential to be an embarrassing deathblow stretch for the Mets.
There will be plenty of scoreboard watching during this time. Things have already gotten tougher for the Atlanta Braves. They don’t get much easier with three versus the San Francisco Giants at home followed by three on the road against the Los Angeles Dodgers. They do catch a break with games against the Colorado Rockies and Nationals. They would need to go into some sort of nosedive for the Mets to have a chance to catch them before the stretch is over.
As for the Philadelphia Phillies, they have games against the Arizona Diamondbacks to kick off this two-week period. The Diamondbacks just swept them out in the desert so anything can happen. They also play several games against the Marlins and Nationals before visiting Wisconsin to take on the Milwaukee Brewers. Things get much easier for Philadelphia later in September with opponents that include the Rockies, Chicago Cubs, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, and possibly even a lost Mets team.
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So while the Mets do get an easier schedule up ahead, it’s not so easy when you’re this far behind.