Things have gotten real weird for the Mets. They’re a half game out of first place after taking two out of three against Washington. Now, if you listened to the radio of read the papers, you’d think the sky was falling. You’d think that they had John Mayberry Jr. hitting cleanup or something. They don’t. That’s what makes this a big series.
With the almighty ’86 team in town, the Mets will need to show everyone that they’re just fine, despite Harvey’s struggles and a hole at first base. This team has depth, and this weekend is a great time to show it.
Julio Urias v. Jacob deGrom
Lefties have given the Mets fits this year. Conforto can’t hit them (he’s out tonight), Grandy is weaker against them, and they struggle as a whole. Plus, this new kid is apparently a stud, and it’s tough for hitters who don’t have a lot of film on a new guy. Hate to say it, but tonight is actually a critical game if they want to win this series. DeGrom needs to have his stuff and get deep into this game.
While I’m drinking Bud Light by the water, Noah Syndergaard will toe the hill against Kenta Maeda. Maeda has been pretty good this year, but the Mets will need to capitalize on a Syndergaard start. Thor was pretty good last time out against LA (that’s an understatement). He was pretty good against LA during the playoffs, too (another understatement), so I’m confident about saterday.
Clayton Kershaw v. Bartolo Colon
A Bartolo Colon win would be absolutely amazing here, but I’m not holding my hand on my ass for it. A great crop of pitchers are going against the Mets in the next few days, and I definitely would not want to see them fall behind. I have to chalk this up as a probable loss, which makes tonight so huge.
I hate to microanalyze a baseball series like this, but I’m sick of hearing the doubters. The Mets are facing a good LA team this weekend. Two out of three would be a major victory. I’d like to see them start to run away and catch their stride as they head into June.