Mets May Preview: A tale of two schedules and predictions

New York Mets v St. Louis Cardinals
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Pete Alonso, Eduardo Escobar
Pete Alonso (20) of the New York Mets is greeted by teammate Eduardo Escobar (10) after a home run on April 29, 2022 at Citi Field in Flushing, N.Y. / Dustin Satloff/GettyImages

Expect the Mets to continue their winning ways through May

The Mets have shown their worth and toughness through a somewhat tricky stretch through April, and the way this roster is constructed allows for the Mets to sustain their success, unlike in years past where the Mets got off to a strong start than quickly faded into mediocrity by the end of May.

The Mets have proven to be superior against the Phillies and the Nationals, whom they have 10 combined meetings with this month. They also had success against the Cardinals and Giants, both of whom are on the schedule this month for the Mets.

The starting pitching is only going to get better as they get deeper into games, a culture in which everyone on the roster is contributing is now established, and it is going to be so much fun for Mets fans to join along this ride, because it is going to be fun.

Now, let’s make a win-loss prediction here, barring any postponements. I think an 18-12 record in May looks like a good ballpark estimate here. The Mets will lose their fair share of games here and there, but I think they continue to win or split series in May against a strong schedule, in which the Mets have 13 straight games against teams with a .500 or better record outside the division. And I think the Mets will maintain their edge of about 4 games on the division by the end of the month.

I expect Max Scherzer to keep balling out. I’d also anticipate better months at the plate from Starling Marte and James McCann against more favorable pitching matchups, against teams like the Nationals and Rockies, and relievers like Joely Rodriguez and Trevor May to moderate their stats from April into more respectable numbers.

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