It is down to crunch time for the 2022 New York Mets, to say the least. With 11 games left to play, the Mets division lead is a game and a half.
The Mets are 95-56. They could win 100-plus games and still not even have an NL East pennant to show for their success with the way the Atlanta Braves have played.
In order for the Mets to take the division and secure a playoff bye, it starts with beating the Oakland Athletics. The Mets are coming off a day of rest following a tough loss Wednesday, looking to get back in the win column.
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Chris Bassitt kicks off series against former team:
Things get going for the Mets in this three-game series with Chris Bassitt tonight. Bassitt, who is 14-8, going for win 15, is doing so against the team he spent 2015-21 with. Aside from his poor outing against the Chicago Cubs on September 12th, Bassitt has been magnificent as of late. He has recorded seven wins in his last nine starts. The Mets will need another stellar outing from Bassitt tonight.
In game two of this three-game set, Jacob deGrom will take the hill for the Mets with his 2.32 ERA. Max Scherzer will go for the final game of this series with his 2.15 ERA.
Simply put, against a 55-95 baseball team and the Mets’ top three pitchers going, this is a series the Mets have to sweep to help their chances of winning the NL East.
After this series with the Athletics, the Mets get a day off before two at Citi Field with the currently 61-89 Miami Marlins, another team they should take care of business against. Which then leads to the Braves series. The regular season concludes with three at home against the worst team in baseball, the Washington Nationals.
Aside from the matchup with the Braves, the Mets are set to compete against three of the bottom six teams in baseball at the moment. Defeating teams they are significantly better than takes some pressure off of the Braves series. It starts tonight as the Mets should sweep the Athletics.