The New York Mets have to look at a lot in terms of whether to buy or sell at the trade deadline. How the team is performing is at the top of the list. Another place to look is at the remaining schedule. According to Tankathon, it won’t be easy.
At the start of action on Wednesday, July 26, the remaining Mets opponents have a combined .513 winning percentage. It’s the 8th toughest in MLB sandwiched between the Los Angeles Angels and Boston Red Sox who are almost as equally unsure of what they should do at this year’s trade deadline.
The Mets schedule is one of the toughest in MLB
The Mets have another 7 to play against the Atlanta Braves, 3 against the Baltimore Orioles, and another 3 against the Texas Rangers. Yes, they took two out of three versus the Tampa Bay Rays earlier this year. This was a much different Mets team. They hadn’t been beaten down in June to the point where we began to question the players’ desire to win.
There are a few tomato cans on the schedule with 7 of those games coming up after the Mets are done with the Yankees. The 4 games against the Washington Nationals and 3 versus the Kansas City Royals gives them 7 of their easiest games.
The other “easy” opponents per Tankathon are the Pittsburgh Pirates, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Cubs. The Mets always have some trouble with these three teams regardless of what the standings say. All four, including the Mets, are within 5.5 games of each other.
For a glimmer of hope, the Miami Marlins and San Francisco Giants have a tougher schedule left. Both sit ahead of New York in the NL Wild Card standings. This doesn’t necessarily make it any easier to catch them or provide much of a benefit. The Cincinnati Reds, San Diego Padres, Philadelphia Phillies, and Arizona Diamondbacks all have easier schedules. The difference in some instances is significant enough to believe the Mets won’t be catching those clubs.