Mets' Schedule Will See Them Play Toughest Stretch for Any Team Since 1980

Adam Taylor McKillop
The New York Mets current 13-game stretch sees them playing the toughest schedule for any MLB team since 1980.
The New York Mets current 13-game stretch sees them playing the toughest schedule for any MLB team since 1980. / Adam Hunger/Getty Images

There's no other way to put it, but the New York Mets are floundering. New York is 4-9 in the month of August, just got swept by the Los Angeles Dodgers at home, and the idea of a postseason appearance seems to be slipping away.

Aside from the injury struggles, their play in August, and other teams in the division heating up, there's something else working against the Mets' favor. That's a brutal 13-game stretch. According to ESPN's Buster Olney and Elias Sports Bureau, this stretch is actually the toughest faced by any MLB team in more than 40 years.

New York will play 10 more games against the Dodgers and San Francisco Giants, making them the first team to play 13 straight games against teams with at least .600 winning percentage after 100 games into a season. The last time this happened? The 1980 Toronto Blue Jays, who went 4-9 in the span.

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One key difference? The Blue Jays finished that season 36.0 games out of the AL East standings. The Mets, on the other hand, are just 2.5 games back in the NL East standings and have real hopes for a playoff push. This stretch has the chance to bury them.

According to FanGraphs MLB Playoff odds, the Mets now own just 16.3% odds to make the postseason and 1.3% chance to win the World Series.

If the Mets don't turn things around immediately, and during this brutal stretch, their hopes for the franchise's first postseason appearance in five years may be long gone. According to MLB odds on FanDuel Sportsbook, New York owns +290 odds to win the NL East, which ranks third amongst teams in the hunt.

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