After splitting a four-game home series with the Chicago Cubs, the New York Mets will be hitting the road to take on the Oakland Athletics and the Los Angeles Dodgers. They will play a total of five games on the West Coast on their upcoming road trip. It sure won’t be easy, and it doesn’t help that they are struggling to manufacture runs.
First they will take on the A’s who are 73-51 on the season and trail the first-place Los Angeles Angels by half a game in the AL West. The Mets split a two-game series early this year at Citi Field with the A’s, but with how bad their offense has been even splitting the series seems like an uphill battle. They will get to face two All-Star starting pitchers Scott Kazmir and Jeff Samardzija. On the year Kazmir is 13-5 with a 2.78 ERA, and Samardzija is 5-9 with a 2.96 ERA overall as he spent the early portion of the season with the Cubs.
Based off the way the Mets have hit over the entire month of August, I can see them having an extremely tough time winning either of these games. There has just been no offense to speak of, and now they will be facing some of the best pitchers in the American League which will make it even tougher to put an offensive attack together. The A’s are one of the best teams in all of MLB, and the Mets are not at their best right now so I am not optimistic about this two-game series.
It will be very tough for them to do anything, especially if they are only going to score one run a game. That certainly will not cut it here on the West Coast; both of these teams can put up runs with the best of them and have the pitching to shut down any offense. I really can’t see the Mets knocking off either of these teams if they play the way they have been playing.
After their two-game set with the A’s they will take on the Dodgers in the three-game series, and if facing Kazmir and Samardzija wasn’t tough enough, they get to take on reigning NL Cy Young award winner Clayton Kershaw in the first game of the series. Kershaw is well on his way to winning another Cy Young award and very well might be the NL MVP. This season Kershaw has just put up some ridiculous numbers. He is 14-3 with a 1.86 ERA and has struck out 174 batters in 20 starts this season.
All I have to say to the Mets is good luck trying to hit this guy, because no one has been able to figure him out. He is by far the best pitcher in the National League and probably the best in MLB with Seattle Mariners‘ Felix Hernandez being a close second. Kershaw is one of the best we have seen in years, and the Mets will have to face him after already facing two other All-Stars.
They have a lot of work to do if they want to come away with a couple of wins on this road trip. The Dodgers’ lineup is very deep, and the Mets pitchers will have to find a way to handle Yasiel Puig, Adrian Gonzalez, Dee Gordon and Matt Kemp. They know that they will have a small margin for error since their offense will probably be not much to speak of.
I hope for the best in this upcoming series for the Mets, I really do. They can easily come out of this five game road trip 0-5; it really could happen with the way they are playing right now. Guys just seem lost at the plate, and that will not be a recipe for success against the pitching that they will face. It will be a battle, and if the Mets don’t show up the season will officially be over.