3) Bold NY Mets prediction: An NLCS loss to the Cardinals
How about this for bold: it’s not the Braves the Mets face in the NLCS. It’s the St. Louis Cardinals instead. After taking care of the Philadelphia Phillies, the Cardinals do the same thing the Mets do to the favorite in the series. Dodgers and Braves fans spend the whole offseason complaining about how the bye messed with the team’s rhythm.
Unfortunately, the good times do end here. A big reason why we wanted the Mets to win the division instead of the wild card spot was because there are more mountains to climb. In this case, a familiar foe returns. With home-field advantage in favor of St. Louis, the Cardinals have a small edge over the Mets in this series.
The Cardinals are a sneaky-good ball club with the benefit of having some superstar bats in their lineup. Big hits from Nolan Arenado and Paul Goldschmidt help doom the Mets in this series. Another random player, Paul DeJong would be a good bet, smashes a home run against one of the Mets relievers to give them a late lead.
As much as we’d all love to predict a favorable ending for the Mets, having that extra series makes it a huge challenge to overcome. Keep your fingers crossed this is the wrongest of wrong predictions.