2) NY Mets need to prove to the Yankees they can hang with them
Losing every game to the Astros this season put a little dent in the aspirations for how far the Mets can go. It would have been nice to take at least one of the games in New York.
Speaking of New York baseball, the New York Yankees have been consistently winning all year. Because of the geographical location and the marketing of the Subway Series during the regular season, these teams will play each other yet again in 2022. When they do, the Mets need to prove they can hang with them.
The Mets will host the Yankees on July 26 and 27. They need to win at least one of those games to feel real good about themselves. Consider this some redemption for not performing strongly enough versus Houston.
On August 22 and 23, the two play their other pair of games. This time, it’s in The Bronx. Taking even one of those games will be a powerful statement especially with the timing of them. We’ll be past the trade deadline which means both clubs will be fully stocked for what they hope is a strong finish to the season.
At the very least, the Mets need to keep those games competitive. Each one. They got blown out twice by the Astros this year. The same cannot happen against the Yankees.