New York Mets fans should learn a lot about their team during the upcoming 10 game home stand.
After their off day today the Mets get back to on the diamond tomorrow and will have a very important 10 day stretch in front of them at Citi Field, with three games against the division leading Atlanta Braves, four games against the St. Louis Cardinals and three against the divisional foe Miami Marlins.
Playing in Flushing has proven to be troublesome for the Mets in recent years, going 36-45 in 2012, 33-48 in 2013 and starting this season 2-3 so far in front of the Orange and Blue faithful. This is a trend that can not continue if the Mets want to take the next step from being a sub par team to becoming a playoff contender. Good teams take care of business at home.
This home stand will be a tough one for the team, playing the Braves and Cardinals, who are 10-4 and 9-6, respectively, and the Marlins, who, as Mets fans can attests to, despite being only 6-10 always seem to give the Mets trouble when they meet. A winning record on a home stand against two quality opponents and a team that has been a thorn in their side for years would be a result that this team has not been able to put together very often in recent years.
If the Mets can manage a winning record against these three opponents over the next 10 days it will go a long way towards showing their fans that they may be turning a corner. The results will not ultimately make or break the season, but it could be viewed as an indication that the team very well may be taking the next step. Potential injuries to starting pitchers Bartolo Colon (back) and Jenrry Mejia (blister) could complicate things for the Mets, but every team faces injuries and adversity, the good ones overcome that.
The Mets have continued to have the ability to get results on the road, they have had a better road record than home record in each of the past two season and are coming off of a 6-3 road trip against the Braves, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Arizona Diamondbacks. They need to keep that momentum going.
I don’t expect this team to win 90 games this year, but I would like to see them become a .500 team, and a legitimate contender for the postseason, success over these next 10 days could indicate that this group of Mets is ready to become that type of team.