New York Mets: Do Not Count Them Out Just Yet

Daniel Marcillo
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Aug 9, 2019; New York City, NY, USA; New York Mets pitcher Marcus Stroman (7) reacts after a strikeout to end the third inning against the Washington Nationals at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Wendell Cruz-USA TODAY Sports

In their series against the Nationals, the Mets were the best team for 26 1/2 out of the 27 innings played. The half inning where the Nats were better ended in a heartbreaking loss and cost the Mets a three game sweep.

There is Still Life

Despite all of the heartbreak and agony, somehow the opportunity is still there for a comeback. On Friday, they start a three game series with the Phillies at Citi Field while the Cubs head to Milwaukee to take on the Brewers in a four game series on Thursday. If the Brewers can take care of business, it give the Mets an opportunity to move closer.

This upcoming 10-game homestand is perfectly timed with the Cubs start an eight game road trip. The Cubs have been bad on the road this year, but the Mets need to take advantage of the small window they have. They play seven game against the Phillies and Diamondbacks before the mighty Dodgers come into town.

How Can They Get Themselves Back?

For the Mets to make their playoff run realistic, they have to be within 2 games of the second Wild Card by next Friday. This goal gives them a week full of games to either make up two or three games, depending on how the Cubs/Brewers game plays out Thursday.

Each time that the Mets have seemed dead this season, they sit up from their casket like the Undertaker. At 4.5 back they have a huge hole to climb out and Wednesday’s win was a great response to their worst loss of the season. Taking care of business against the Phillies will go a huge way to making this homestand mean something.