The New York Mets enter today’s action with a 5-11 record and currently sit in last place in the National League East. The Mets have embarrassed themselves at home, winning only one game in seven chances. However, the Mets have already played three playoff caliber teams and are still waiting for their first easy series of the year. Look no further than 5-11 Houston Astros. Starting tonight, the Mets host the Astros for three games then welcome the 6-8 Arizona Diamondbacks in for three games this weekend. If the Mets want any chance at a respectable season, they need to win five of these six games before their schedule takes a turn for the worse.

Been A Tough Start For Los Mets

The Mets took the season series against the Astros last season 4-3, but struggled against the Diamondbacks (1-5). The Mets will have luxury of not facing Dan Haren this time around and will face a pitching staff that has yielded the third most runs allowed in the NL (85) and has a league worst, 5.55 ERA. If the Mets can’t touch up the shotty Arizona pitching, then they are heading down a long road. After these six games, the Mets will face the following schedule:

Date Opponent Games
26-Apr at WSH 3
29-Apr at PHI 3
3-May vs SF 3
6-May vs. LAD 3
9-May at COL 3

The Mets have already dropped four out of six games to the Nationals and Phillies already and were embarrassed by the Rockies last week. Winning these games this week will be a big boost to the team’s moral and may be the team’s only chance to get to .500 this season. If the Mets were to lose four of six this week, watch out. The starting rotation needs to give quality starts while David Wright and Jose Reyes have to come up in big spots.

As pathetic as it sounds, the Mets season is riding on if they can take care of the Astros and Diamondbacks at home in April.