1) Mets post trade deadline postseason threat: Los Angeles Dodgers
The other monster in the NL West is the Los Angeles Dodgers. They're one of the best teams in baseball every single year and this season has been no different. The Dodgers hold the best record in the NL and in baseball.
Los Angeles is second in runs scored and first in runs against. Their 2.87 team ERA is pretty hard to fathom and is much better than the Mets' 3.60 ERA. The Mets rank fifth in that category.
The Dodgers are littered with star talent all over the field, headlined by the likes of Mookie Betts, Trea Turner, and new Dodger and all-time Met killer, Freddie Freeman. All three superstars are having MVP-caliber seasons and show no signs of slowing down.
Even with former all-stars Max Muncy and Cody Bellinger having terrible seasons, the Dodgers lead the league in runs and on-base percentage.
The pitching has been just as impressive. Like the Mets with deGrom and Scherzer, Walker Buehler and Clayton Kershaw have both missed substantial time this season. Even with their absences, guys like Tony Gonsollin and Tyler Anderson have stepped up behind Julio Urias and have been dominant.
The Dodgers acquired Craig Kimbrel to be their closer and he has underwhelmed. Even with that, the Dodgers have a top-tier bullpen in the National League. With Blake Treinen returning soon from a long stint on the injured list and Chris Martin being acquired at the trade deadline, the bullpen is going to be even better.
The Dodgers make the postseason every year and have won the NL Pennant in three of the last five seasons. They have the experience and they will likely have home field in a series against the Mets.
The Mets have beaten the Dodgers as the underdog before, and there's a very good chance they'll have to go through them again if they want to get back to the World Series for the first time since 2015.