3 reasons to believe the Mets can keep rolling

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Francisco Alvarez has been raking since his return from the IL
Francisco Alvarez has been raking since his return from the IL / Luke Hales/GettyImages
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3. The schedule before the All-Star break is very manageable

By thumping the league-leading Yankees in the first two games of this year's Subway Series, the Mets showed that they can beat anyone. This is a team playing with supreme confidence right now, and that self-belief should only increase given their upcoming slate of opponents.

After their off-day today, the Mets will play a game every day until the All-Star break. For a hot team, that's a good thing. They'll begin with a three-game slate against the Houston Astros. Joe Espada's club has been a mirror image of the Mets, shaking off a rough start to claw their way back to .500. They're 8-2 in their last 10 games, but they have to come to Citi Field.

Houston should provide a great test for the Mets, but after that, the schedule looks inviting. An eight-game road trip to Washington and Pittsburgh won't be a walk in the park, but those teams aren't exactly juggernauts. A matchup between Severino and rookie fireballer Paul Skenes on July 5th should provide some post-Fourth of July fireworks.

The Mets will then return home for a six-game set before the break, with the Nationals and the lowly Rockies as the opponents. Going 4-2 at the bare minimum shoud be the expectation there, but five or six wins is entirely within the realm of possibility with how well the team is playing.

It's been a long road back to .500, but the Mets have the players, the confidence, and the schedule to keep it rolling. A playoff push seemed out of reach at this time last month, but it's time to believe. Owner Steve Cohen said it best after yesterday's win when he said, "I like winning more than losing. You can quote me on that." We do too, Steve. Let's keep it up.