'Boomer And Gio': Schedule About To Get Much Tougher For Surging Mets

By WFAN Sports Radio 101.9 FM/66AM New York

The Mets are no doubt on an amazin' run. They've won 12 of their last 13 games, climbed back into the playoff hunt and reinvigorated a fan base.

But their hot streak has come against the lowly Pirates, White Sox and Marlins. Can they keep it going against teams with winning records?

The next big test for the Mets will come Friday night, when they host the Washington Nationals, who currently own the top wild-card spot in the National League. Marcus Stroman, whom the Mets traded for last month, will be on the mound.

"The trade that Brodie Van Wagenen made is going to come to fruition on Friday night," WFAN's Boomer Esiason said on Wednesday's "Boomer and Gio" show. "That's what they went and got Stroman for because that's when the schedule starts to change, and that's when they start playing the teams that are a little bit in front of them, and not only in the division but obviously in the wild-card race."

After they wrap up their series against the Marlins on Wednesday, the Mets will play 24 of their next 27 games against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season ended today.

"I can feel it, you can feel it, I think the entire Met Nation can feel it," Esiason said. "It is now time to like -- let's lock and load. Let's keep it going, and I'm pretty pumped about it."

But knowing every game is important for the Mets, both Esiason and his co-host, Gregg Giannotti, agreed that the team cannot afford to look past Wednesday's matinee against Miami. 

"You go out there, you smell blood, you take care of business," Giannotti said.

To listen to the open from Wednesday's show, in which Boomer and Gio also discuss the Yankees and the latest Gleyber Torres injury scare, click on the audio player above.