The New York Mets are off to face the Atlanta Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, and New York Yankees on the final road gauntlet of the season. Easily the toughest stretch they have left on their schedule with 9 games in 10 games against these those three clubs, it’s nice preparation for what could lie ahead for them in October.
There are a couple of ways to look at this upcoming road trip. If the Mets get beaten badly, we’re all going to be a little concerned about whether or not they are as good as their record has been all year long.
If the Mets manage to come away with a lot of wins, we’re going to be confident. How would we not? The Braves, Phillies, and Yankees all feature playoff-worthy rosters. Beating them on their home turf will go a long way toward feeling real good about this year’s Mets club.
Mets schedule includes one final road gauntlet against 3 playoff teams
Then there’s the other scenario and the most likely one to occur. What if the Mets go 5-5 or 4-6 on this trip? It’s hardly a disaster. As the road club, they’re not supposed to come away with a better than .500 record.
And what’s even more amazing, the Mets can choke hard in these games, hold first place, and still win the National League East rather easily.
That’s because after these 10 games, the Mets don’t have too many other tough opponents.
There are three games against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Citi Field from August 30-September 1 but that’s about it for a while. From September 2-September 18, the Mets play the Washington Nationals, Pittsburgh Pirates, Miami Marlins, Chicago Cubs, and the Pirates again. The rest of the month includes three on the road against the questionable Milwaukee Brewers plus the not playoff-ready Oakland Athletics and Marlins. Things finish off from September and leading into October with games against the Braves and Nationals.
The ending of this year’s Mets schedule could replace Snuggle as the detergent’s mascot because of how soft it is. After August, expect wins aplenty.