Usually, the MLB season is spoken about as a grind, like a marathon. But the 2020 season is going to be a strange one for the Mets and every team. This season will be a full out 60-game sprint to the finish line for a championship opportunity. So it’s with that in mind that we present the three key series for the New York Mets in 2020.
Key Series #1: 6 of 10 at Home against Braves
The New York Mets are an interesting ballclub to watch in 2020. They have arguably the best pitcher in the National League in Jacob deGrom and the powerhouse Pete Alonso, as headliners. But the rest of the team isn’t too shabby by comparison. And the fact is that the New York will play host to the Atlanta Braves for six of their ten meetings in 2020. Playing at Citi Field will give the Mets the advantage because of familiarity. The Mets, Braves, Nationals, and Phillies all have to potential to win the NL East and advance to the postseason. So any advantage towards the goal, however minute, will play in the Mets favor.
Key Series #2: 6 of 10 on Road against Nationals
However, by contrast, the advantage they gained against the Braves, the Mets will lose to the reigning World Series Champion, Washington Nationals. The Nats will host the New York in Washington DC for six of their ten meetings for the 2020 campaign. Every season the phrase is utter that every game matters. But it has never resonated more than in this shortened 60-game season. The New York Mets will have to travel to face the Nats placing themselves in a position where they will have to overcome. But should the Mets overtake the Nationals in Nats Park, the Metropolitans will be in a prime postseason position.
Key Series #3: 6 of 10 at Home against Marlins
New York will also find themselves hosting the lowly Miami Marlins for six of ten at Citi Field. The Marlins aren’t viewed as a threat in the National League East, and thus the Mets should be able to run over the Fish in competition. But, if the Marlins can play spoiler and win more of these road games against New York, the Marlins could keep the Mets out of the postseason.