Coming into the 2014 season, the New York Mets first 25 games appeared very difficult on paper, but the team came through that stretch three games above .500; now the schedule softens a bit for the next 12 games.
The first 25 games featured series vs the Nationals, Reds, Braves, Angels and Cardinals, all team with legitimate playoff aspirations coming into the season, these next 12 games are far less daunting on paper than what the season has thrown at them so far.Until the Mets take the short trip to the Bronx on May 12 they will not face an opponent with a record win percentage than their 14-11 mark. The Mets will take on the Phillies five times, the Rockies for a four game set, and a thee game series against the Marlins before the annual Subway Series between the Mets and Yankees.
This stretch will give the Mets yet another chance to prove that they could be a real threat in the National League playoff race. For what it is worth, which is absolutely nothing in my opinion, the Mets are currently first in the Wild Card standings in the National League, but being there in April is not enough to show the fans that they are a playoff contender, they have to stay there well into the summer. The Mets have passed the early season tests put in front of them, but the fan base must see more than a month’s worth of solid play to be assured that this team is building towards something both this season ad into the future.
Twleve games against teams that, as of right now, are worse than you is a huge opportunity for the Mets to put a comfortable distance between them and the .500 mark, something the team has not done in many years.
If this team can put together a winning stretch before they meet the Yanks, it will be the best record the team has had through 37 games since 2009.
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