Here it is. The dreaded yearly West Coast trip that always seems to come at a crucial turning point juncture of the season.
The Mets find themselves in a similar position to last year. Kind of. Last year at this point, the team had a better record going in to the West Coast trip of death. They were 48-40. And one can argue it’s the road trip that did them in.
It was 11 games on the West Coast immediately following the All-Star game that took the Mets to San Francisco, Arizona, and Los Angeles. The Mets went 2-9 on that trip, season over.
It seems that no matter how good or bad those West Coast teams are, it always has an eerie feel going into it.
But the schedule is nicer this time around. It’s only 7 games, at Los Angeles and San Francisco, and before the All-Star break.
So far, so good, taking the first two from the Dodgers. The question really is, how will it end?
If the Mets get socked and pull a repeat of last year, we’ll face the same fate and lose all hope of a possible wild card chase.
If by a stroke of luck and determination they come out of this trip on a positive note, you have got to believe if you’re a real fan.
Real fans don’t ever want to throw in the towel and sell off.
And you also have to believe that a positive West Coast outcome will be the worst case scenario for the Mets front office as it puts them in a tough situation as far as what to do at the trading deadline.
Can they hang on, continue to defy critics and slay the West Coast beast?
Anything’s possible now that Jason Bay is Jason Bay again. That’s right!!