The New York Mets have played 104 games so far in the 2022 season.
They are, however, about to play the five most important ones so far starting on Thursday.
They will host the Atlanta Braves at Citi Field for a five-game set.
The Mets start a 5-game series with the Braves tonight at Citi Field pic.twitter.com/q3oWCle8TG
— SNY Mets (@SNY_Mets) August 4, 2022
With the two teams so close in the standings, this series has the potential to set the tone for the rest of the season.
The 66-38 Mets are 3.5 games ahead of the 63-42 Braves in the race for the NL East division.
Both teams will likely go to the playoffs, but seeding is important, and taking the division is always a nice prize.
Additionally, it gives fans bragging rights!
The Mets have won eight of their last 10 games, and the Braves have taken six of their last 10.
These are two elite teams, among the best five in the league.
The Mets Would Like To Extend The Gap Existing With The Braves
It’s a perfect opportunity for the Mets to put some ground between them and Atlanta once and for all.
However, if the Braves sweep, they will be in sole possession of the first place in the East.
The Mets objective should be winning at least three or four of the five games.
Anything less than that should be viewed as a disappointment.
They are certainly capable of winning the series against the reigning World Series champions.
The Mets welcomed Jacob deGrom back this week, and he responded with five one-run innings against the Washington Nationals.
They are also expecting catcher James McCann back for the pivotal weekend series.
It will be an exciting matchup with some of the best hitters and pitchers in the league squaring off.