Comparing Schedules Of Mets And Nats

There have been several stories recently, not to mention comments made on SNY, how the Mets have the easiest schedule of the playoff contenders for the rest of the season, with their opponents having a .440 winning percentage.

So, what does this mean?

Other than fodder for gamblers, bookies and radio talk show hosts, absolutely nothing of substance.

The Mets went into the Labor Day Weekend holding a six-game lead over the Nationals, and with six games remaining between them. Should they go into Washington Monday with such a lead or less they would not be controlling their own destiny. Which is a phrase you’ll be hearing over the next few weeks.

Here’s how the schedules of the Mets and Nationals compare until the end of the season:

Today: Mets: at Miami; Nationals: Atlanta.

Tomorrow: Mets: at Miami; Nationals: Atlanta.

Monday: Mets: at Washington; Nationals: Mets.

Tuesday: Mets: at Washington; Nationals: Mets.

Wednesday: Mets: at Washington; Nationals: Mets.

Thursday: Mets: at Atlanta; Nationals: Off.

Friday: Mets: at Atlanta; Nationals: at Miami.

Saturday: Mets: at Atlanta; Nationals: at Miami.

Sunday: Mets: at Atlanta; Nationals: at Miami.

September 14: Mets: Miami; Nationals: at Philadelphia.

September 15:  Mets: Miami; Nationals: at Philadelphia.

September 16:  Mets: Miami; Nationals: at Philadelphia.

September 17:  Mets: Off; Nationals: Miami.

September 18: Mets: Yankees; Nationals: Miami.

September 19: Mets: Yankees; Nationals: Miami.

September 20:  Mets: Yankees; Nationals: Miami.

September 21: Mets: Atlanta; Nationals: Orioles.

September 22: Mets: Atlanta; Nationals: Orioles.

September 23: Mets: Atlanta; Nationals: Orioles.

September 24: Mets: at Reds; Nationals: Off.

September 25: Mets: at Reds; Nationals: Phillies.

September 26: Mets: at Reds; Nationals: Phillies.

September 27: Mets: at Reds; Nationals: Phillies.

September 28: Mets: Off; Nationals: Reds.

September 29: Mets: at Phillies; Nationals: at Atlanta.

September 30: Mets: at Phillies; Nationals: at Atlanta.

October 1: Mets: at Phillies; Nationals: at Atlanta.

October 2: Mets: Nationals; Nationals: at Mets.

October 3: Mets: Nationals; Nationals: at Mets.

October 4: Mets: Nationals; Nationals: at Mets.

From here until the end of the season, the Mets have a slightly tougher schedule with their three games against the Yankees. Other than that series, their schedules are identical.

In addition, the Mets are confronted with several issues, including injuries to Michael Cuddyer, Lucas Duda and Daniel Murphy; Jacob deGrom in his worst stretch of the season; the emerging issue of Matt Harvey’s innings and it being a distraction; Jon Niese‘s struggles; the uncertainty of Steven Matz; how their young starters will respond to playoff pressure; and their porous bullpen.

7 thoughts on “Comparing Schedules Of Mets And Nats

  1. Yes. We all have our issues. But the mets need to act like they want to win.

    The Marlins suck as a team, but they always play us tough regardless of record.

  2. A five game lead with 28 to go,I like our chances! It’s been a good summer and it soon might be a great one.

  3. I have posted over and over about “counting these Metsies before they are hatched” !!!

    Marlins play Mets tough, always, period. I hope Matz comes back and gives team a lift.
    Once “O’Stinkerty” got into the game, I was ready to turn it off. Unfortunately, I got distracted with something else and left it on, then “BOOM” walk off loss. TC will not win Mgr of the Year because of his BP mis-management.
    He loves to play russian roulette with some of the weak sisters – O’Stinkerty, Parnell, etc., ALL at the wrong time. These cats are mop- up men in a lopsided loss, that is it.

    If Mets make the Playoffs, “IF” I say, then Colon can be the 7th inning guy.
    These other options are just not cutting it.

  4. The Nats have been wallowing in their injury report all season and now have most everyone in the fold except Span. The Mets have been subject to just as many injuries to key players, with Wright’s absence being worse than any of the Nats individual travails. Nonetheless, we have never really heard the sob stories from Mets sources that we continually hear from the Nats camp. It appears the schedules are pretty equal from now thru October 4. The goal is two-fold: Win two games in Washington and clinch no later than October 1. If the Mets go just 15-10 (very doable) for the next 25 contests, they will be 89-70 going into the final series at home versus the Nats. In other words, the Nats will have to go 20-5 to be tied with the Amazin’s entering that final series. They will have to go 17-8 to have a chance to tie the Mets and force a one-game playoff, assuming they sweep NY in NY. Of course, the assumption is being made that the Mets will go 15-10. If they go 10-15 and the Nats go 15-10, the final series will be something to behold. If our boys can’t go .500 during these last 28 contests against feeble competition, they don’t deserve the postseason and Terry will be a goner.