The Mets start another tough segment of their schedule tonight as they start a month of tough games against the Reds, Yankees, Marlins and Phillies. The way these guys have been playing the last month or so you can look for some very exciting games and some streaky play. A stretch like this separates the boys from the men (or, in a more politically correct way, the children from the grown ups). .500 won’t be good enough here. They need to at least split their 6 games with the Yankees and average 2 wins out of every 3 games against the other teams if they want to elevate themselves to contender status.
It all kicks off tonight as the Amazins’ take on former Generation K member Paul Wilson (7-0, 3.17). Mr. 500 Ken Griffey Jr. is having a tremendous comeback year and manager Dave Miley has his team firing on all cylinders. These guys are not the same losing team from the last few years. They’re tough. But the Mets have enough to handle them and have Matt Ginter, Jae Seo and Tom Glavine coming up in the rotation.