The Mets begin a crucial three-game series tonight with their rival Philadelphia Phillies. The Mets, who stand at 21-26, are fighting for their playoff lives. In this truncated season, the Mets have failed to go on a sustained winning streak. As a result, they have been unable to get over the .500 since the first week of the season.
The Mets Lose Series to Blue Jays
The weekend series in Buffalo started with a bang for The Mets. They won the game 18-1 as the offense exploded for 19 hits, including eight extra-base hits. Jacob deGrom started for them and pitched six solid innings for the victory. However, the offense cooled down the following two nights as the Mets ended up losing the series. They fell 3-2 on Saturday after Amed Rosario was picked off at first base as the tying run. Seth Lugo would take the loss.
On Sunday, David Peterson had one bad inning and was pulled with only 81 pitches after five innings. their bullpen combination of Brad Brach and Jared Hughes gave up five runs. The Mets fell 7-3 and ultimately dropped back to five games under .500. They now head to Philadelphia looking to pick up ground on a team they’re chasing as they try and make a late comeback.
The Mets Have Tough Road Ahead
The odds are not on the Mets side, however, as they play the Phillies, Braves, and Rays. They also play The Nationals to finish up the season. They will have to finish a minimum of 9-4 and most likely 10-3 to even have a chance to take a wild card spot. As a result, these next three games are especially crucial for them.
The Mets are playing a team they have to catch in the standings meaning it’s their best bet to get a playoff spot. They are desperately looking for a sweep as it would place the Phillies three games under .500. Then, the Mets will have to go out and at the minimum take their series’ against the Braves and Rays. An ideal situation would be finishing with a sweep in D.C.
The Mets will have two of their best pitchers lined up for the series, with Jacob deGrom and Seth Lugo pitching. Rick Porcello takes the mound today against Jake Arrieta, looking to bounce back from his start last Wednesday. He enters the game with a 1-4 record and a 6.07 ERA.
The Mets Turn To Top Starters in Hopes of Turnaround
The Phillies have yet to announce their starters for the next couple of days. It’s a wait and see if Zack Wheeler is fit to return. The Mets will have the aforementioned Jacob deGrom on the hill tomorrow, taking a 4-1 record to the mound with a 1.67 ERA. This comes after deGrom’s last two starts in which the Mets offense exploded for 32 runs, something Jake is not accustomed to seeing. They will look to do some more damage tomorrow.
The Metropolitan offense has had their best year in a long time and they will look to finish up strong. They’ll need it to propel them into a playoff spot. However, The’ll need their starting pitching aside from Jacob deGrom to be lock-down for the rest of the year to have a chance. The bullpen has been better than in years past. However, they have been used much more often as a result of weak starting pitching.
The Metropolitans come into the series with a 2-5 record against the Phillies. They got swept in the first matchup. They managed to split last weekend. If the Mets fail to sweep, they will fall to the Phillies in the season series for the second consecutive year.
The Mets Look to Build Momentum Over Owner News
This is the home stretch for the Mets, and while their hopes are slim, they still have a chance. Even though it’s a small one. They effectively have to find their game in the final two weeks. This after being unable to for the first two months. This makes such a turnaround unlikely. But it’s possible that the Mets being officially handed off to a new owner pending approval lights a fire under the club to get it turned around. After all, it would be a shame to see the Mets miss an eight-team NL playoff with all that offensive talent and the best pitcher in baseball. We’ll see if the Mets have it in them and it all starts tonight at 7 pm ET at Citizens Bank Park.