The New York Mets have made September baseball not only meaningful and intense, but producing high levels of anxiety and short-bitten nails for fans in the Queens area and beyond. They have 13 games remaining on the 2022 regular season schedule, a much-needed set of games to secure their playoff spot.
The once roaring 6+ game leading Mets at the top of the National League East are now hanging onto the 1st place by a thread, after briefly slipping into 2nd place to a wild-card race. The Mets are 10-7 so far in the month of September, going 8-2 in the last 10 games. The Mets went 19-10 in the month of August and 35-19 after the All-Star break, facing teams with high relevance to their playoff run. Somewhere along the line, the gap was closed between New York and Atlanta. The remaining 13 games can put the Mets in a really good scenario if successful in each series, or put them in a very vulnerable position.
What’s next for the Mets and what’s the importance of the remaining September matchups
With 3 weeks of regular season baseball remaining on the Mets schedule, wins and losses count, especially in certain series. Here’s what the rest of September looks like:
The Mets are 3-1 against the Brewers this season with 2 more games remaining in a 3 game set. New York took game one. The Brewers are 7-3 in their last 10 games; this team will test the Mets, as they strive for the last wild card spot in the National League, 2 games behind the Philadelphia Phillies.
The Mets have a 3 game set with the A’s; this series is a gift in the schedule, and should be a clean 3 wins to pad the win column. The A’s sit a horrible 53-94 in the dead bottom of the American League West. This is a club that will be playing September spoiler baseball.
Miami Marlins & Washington Nationals
Another pair of struggling ball clubs and another chance to inch closer to the magic number. The Marlins and Nationals are far out of question for any playoff contention and are hurting in most parts of the field; this is an opportunity to capitalize for a total of 5 games.
This couldn’t have been a more perfectly placed series in the schedule for the Mets. A season climaxing series that could determine the NL East Champions. The Braves are only 1 game behind the Mets for first place in division, while holding wild card spot number 1. The Braves are 6-4 in their last 10 games, putting up 27 runs in their last 6 games. The Mets face the Braves starting September 30th for a crucial 3 game set.