Why the New York Mets need to capitalize on the next home stand

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Don’t sound the alarm.

The New York Mets lost consecutive games for only the second time all season and the first time since the fourth and fifth contests of the 2022 campaign on April 10-11. It ended a historic 14-game winning streak. a loss.

But while there are still plenty of reasons to remain calm about this first-place team (7.5 games leading in the National League East) who hold a 29-17 record and appear to have a real chance of struggle in the NL this year – they need to take advantage of their next six-game home game with the Philadelphia Phillies and Washington Nationals, before the real challenge begins.

New York is 6-3 against the Phillies and 5-2 against the Nationals this season. It would be a less than ideal time to let go of these weaker opponents in a great opportunity to give yourself a bit more wiggle room in the division.

The Mets have a brutal streak coming up starting June 2, in which they begin a 10-game West Coast road trip against three California powerhouses: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels. Los Angeles.

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Given the performance of manager Buck Showalter’s group this season, it’s fair to expect the Mets to mesh well with these solid Western clubs. The Mets are a resilient group and hold the fifth-best offense in MLB. However, New York has been hit by the injury bug in its starting rotation since the end of the loss of Max Scherzer (oblique strain) and Tylor Megill (biceps tendonitis) to IL, while Jacob deGrom (shoulder) has not yet launched to launch this season. Without this unit at full strength, it will make the difficult period even more difficult to start the month of June. The good news is that Megill could return in early June, giving the rotation a major boost at some point in the West Coast trip, or advancing through a difficult stretch.

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June is a rough month overall for the Mets, who must play two additional first-place teams in the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros a combined seven times, as well as the pesky Marlins six times to complete the schedule. Not an easy task.

The Mets currently hold a 7.5-game lead in a weak NL East, but as we learned a season ago, things can change quickly. Especially with defending World Series champion Atlanta Braves in the division, who have yet to recover from their hangover. They should not be counted 46 games in the season.

If the Mets are really who we thought they were, they’ll survive this brutal part of the schedule, even if they’re not full. In the meantime, they need to capitalize on that next home stand against softer opponents to create a wider cushion before the tough game begins.

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