The New York Mets and the St. Louis Cardinals are both very good teams.
The former are on a shortlist of bonafide World Series contenders, and the latter are running away with the NL Central division and peaking at the right time, much like last season.
Both of them look destined to make the playoffs: for both, it’s a matter of when, not if they are going to make it into October.
In addition to the undeniable talent of their respective rosters, both squads are also getting a little help from easy schedules to close out the year.
“The Mets’ remaining schedule, according to Tankathon, is the easiest in baseball (.422 winning percentage), and it’s not particularly close with the Cardinals’ weak list of opponents (.448) next on the list,” The Athletic’s Will Sammon tweeted.
The Mets’ remaining schedule, according to Tankathon, is the easiest in baseball (.422 winning percentage), and it’s not particularly close with the Cardinals’ weak list of opponents (.448) next on the list.
— Will Sammon (@WillSammon) September 2, 2022
The Schedule Gods Are Smiling To The Mets And Cards
The Mets currently hold a three-game advantage over the Atlanta Braves in the NL East.
For them, it’s not the same to win the division rather than making the postseason as one of the Wild Cards.
If they secure the NL East title, it will likely mean that they will also secure a first-round bye in the playoffs and enter play in the Division Series round.
If they lose the division, they probably won’t get a bye unless the Los Angeles Dodgers collapse, and that’s particularly unlikely with the way they have been playing.
As for the Cardinals, they are 6.5 games ahead of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central, and their easy schedule gives them an important edge in the last month of the season.
Games still need to be played, but logic indicates that the Mets and Cards won’t have issues winning their respective divisions.