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03/18/2013 05:13 pm ET Updated May 18, 2013

Trade Deadline Can't Come Soon Enough for New York Mets Fans

The 2013 baseball season is still in its fetal state. Teams like the Colorado Rockies, for instance, have until March 31 -- about 17 days from now -- to make organization-altering decisions, like tapping Miguel Batista over Daniel Rosenbaum as their long man.

Oh, there will be blood (or at least, poetry).

For the New York Mets, however, there are grander issues at hand. As etched in stone as the Mets' poor fate seems to be, there are some key future dates that will help shed light on the team's actual chances this coming season. From April 19 through April 28, the Mets play nine games against perennial rivals, the Washington Nationals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and Philadelphia Phillies.

In addition, the oft-anticipated Subway Series (consisting of four games) commences May 27 at Citi Field, and concludes May 30 at Yankee Stadium. Heck, even the free post-game Foreigner concert is scheduled for June 14 -- which will be 67 games into the season. By mid-June, will the Mets be "Hot Blooded" or "Cold As Ice"? Only time will tell....click here to read the rest of this article on Yahoo! Sports.

Ben Berkon is a freelance sports, humor, and tech writer/blogger from New York City. Berkon's work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Yahoo! Sports, The Onion, Contently, Medium, and Rising Apple, and he also manages The Beanball and Blah Blah Berkon, his personal stat-heavy baseball and humor blogs, respectively. He's [unfortunately] been a Mets follower his entire life. Follow him at @BenBerkon.