A week ago the New York Mets were a single game under .500 and about to start a three game set against the Major League’s worst team, the Chicago Cubs.
A week ago, the Mets had taken 4 of 5 from the Philadelphia Phillies and looked like a team that was starting to play some good baseball behind excellent starting pitching. I was confident that this team would have a winning record coming into this day off.
Today, I am certain they will not reach the .500 mark again this season.
The team has lost six straight games, three to the lowly Cubs and three to the Major League best San Francisco Giants, dropping them to seven games below .500. Amazingly, the Mets are only 5 games back in the terrible National League East, but they sit in fourth place, and they are 5 games behind each team that is in front of them, with the Washington Nationals, Atlanta Braves and Miami Marlins all tied for the division lead.
This team is not currently equipped to recover from that deficit to overtake three teams in the process. I don’t even think they’re equipped to return to .500 at any point this season, which they would have to do to contend for a division crown. What they would need to acquire to bridge such a gap is at least one, but most likely more than one, prolific offenisve player at a corner outfiled position, first base or shortstop. That type of player is not on the horizon in the minor leagues, nor is it practical via trade this early in the season, and by the time such players become available, the Mets will be too far out to justify bringing them in.
Just another year stuck in neutral for a franchise that has been treading the waters of mediocrity since two September collapses in 2007 and 2008. As bad as those times were, at least they gave the fan base meaningful baseball into the late summer. Now we know out schedules are free in October before Independence Day.
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