When Mets manager Terry Collins sends his troops onto the field Friday night in Atlanta, he will be entering the most important stretch of his Mets managerial career.
In spring training, Collins foresaw his club playing in big divisional games and will be getting his first opportunity on the road as the Mets play a weekend series in Atlanta and then in Washington on Tuesday night, and he will do so without starting pitcher, Dillon Gee. Gee could be sidelined for the rest of the season when a blood clot was found in an artery in his right shoulder on Monday. Losing Gee is a huge loss to a team that doesn’t have great depth in it’s starting rotation.
After the weekend series with the Braves, the Mets will control their own destiny as they play the division juggernaut Washington Nationals on Tuesday Night, afterwards the Mets will come home to play NL West leading Los Angeles in a three game set at Citi Field. A Dodgers team that will be with NL All Star Matt Kemp and Andre Ethier.
After the three game set against the Dodgers the Mets will welcome in the Nationals and try to overtake the team for the division lead, the schedule only gets tougher after the team heads out west to play the sub-par Arizona Diamondbacks and Wild Card contender San Francisco Giants.
A tough stretch that Collins’ team will be more then ready for and could lead to uncharted territory that this team has never seen before: A relevant August.