A few weeks ago, I went to Atlanta, Georgia to see the Mets in SunTrust Park, and after three consecutive wins, I pre-maturely called things “right” in the Mets-world, before the Mets failure of a homestand and a sweep by Los Angeles.
Now with things a little better (five wins in the last six days), I wanted to write a small post on my analysis of what the Mets chances are for the rest of the season.
Looking at the month of July prior to the All-Star Game, the Mets play a three-game series home versus Philadelphia, before heading to Washington and St.Louis.
Best case scenario, they sweep the Phillies, take two out of three from both the Nationals and Cardinals and head into the All Star Break with a 43-44 record, nearly at 500.
Worst case scenario, they only win one from the Phillies and Cardinals, and the Nationals sweep them, which would bring their record to 38-49, something that would be next to impossible to come back from.
As you can see, this is as crucial of a juncture as the Mets can have, things go right, this team contemplates becoming a buyer, and with a series win versus the Rockies after the break, this team is right back in the Wild Card hunt. If things go bad, the team will be fairly un-recognizable after the Trade Deadline, as they will have traded all of their upcoming free agents.
The only time it becomes interesting is if the Mets preform well over the next nine games, but not that good. Do the sell of the veterans to help out the 2018 Mets, while at the same time forfeiting their Postseason hopes in 2017, or do they stick it out this year with their veteran core, and have a few more question marks going into next year?