It's no secret that the New York Mets have been one of the very best teams in baseball this season and for good reason. New York has a boatload of talent, which they have spent a lot of money on, and they should be right where they are at the top of the NL East with no real challenger on the horizon. At least, not yet.
If there is one thing we have seen in sports when teams get early leads, they tend to get complacent and lose them. The Mets have to avoid this like the plague, especially with their history, and the fact that the team simply can't stay healthy. New York has gotten hit with multiple injuries in their starting rotation recently, losing Max Scherzer and Tylor Megill to the IL, while Jacob deGrom has yet to throw a pitch this season.
Losing all of these key guys in their pitching rotation is going to make the upcoming stretch of games even harder than it already is going to be. New York faces a gauntlet of teams after they take on the Philadelphia Phillies Sunday night. Starting June 2, they will begin a 10-game road trip on the west coast against three very good baseball clubs: the Los Angeles Dodgers, San Diego Padres and Los Angeles Angels. All three of those teams pose a serious threat to New York, and if the Mets aren't careful, they can find themselves in a losing streak very quickly. They just lost back-to-back games for the second time all year and snapped their streak of 14 straight wins coming off of a loss.
The Mets currently hold a 7.5-game lead in a weak NL East, but things can change fast. Buck Showalter's team is a resilient one, and they hold the fifth-best offense in MLB. They can put up runs with the best of them, but they have to keep that same time of winning mentality as they enter a very tough June schedule that also features series' against the Milwaukee Brewers and Houston Astros.
Beating the Phillies on Sunday Night Baseball is a must so they can keep building a cushion against softer opponents. Check out our model's best bets now!
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