Only six more games to go before this season's Mid-Summer Classic. The Mets return home this evening to face the Phillies for three and then the Cubbies to wrap up the unofficial first half of the season.
During this stretch, I would love to see a killer, put away demeanor from this team. The team is in a good spot right now; six games over .500 and still 3.5 games behind Washington in the NL East. The next six games are against two of the worst teams in the National League this season and the Mets need to capitalize and push their mark to eight or 10 games over .500. Splitting these games is almost unacceptable. Not now and not the way this team has played so far in 2012.
The schedule gets right into the thick of things as the second half opens up. The Mets will take on the Braves and Nationals in the first nine of 12 games coming back. Then they go back to the West Coast for 11 games. Not the easiest, but also not the hardest to do.
Jon Niese gets the ball tonight. He's pitched very well of late, going 3-1 over his last five decisions.